Nobody is talking about Alaska.
But with all the additions the Aces have had, maybe everybody should be talking about them.
After losing Louie Alas and Topex Robinson to Phoenix, head coach Alex Comption will now be flanked by Eric Altamirano, Danny Ildefonso, and Tony Dela Cruz on the sidelines.
And they will have the battle-hardened core of Calvin Abueva, Chris Banchero, Jvee Casio, Sonny Thoss, and Vic Manuel to guide.
Not only that, they have just welcomed two polished products in Jeron Teng and Davon Potts.
Alaska selected Teng with the fifth overall pick before plucking Potts in the second round in the 2017 PBA Draft.
The coaching staff has no doubt that both are nothing but ready and raring to contribute. “I really think that they are both winners,” Compton said, talking about two-time UAAP champion Teng and back-to-back NCAA champion Potts.
Apparently, their new coach wasn’t just talking about those multiple trophies.
“And that’s not just because they won championships, but because they have an attitude to want to play really hard,” the Aces’ always amiable mentor said. “Even though they know they can score, they are team first.”
Indeed, those attributes are much-welcome for an Alaska side which only had one quarterfinal finish to show in three conferences last season. This, after having made four Finals from 2014 to 2016.
For Teng, being part of a team that espouses #WeNotMe is just what he was hoping for. “I’m just here to help the team in any way I can. All of us, ganun naman gagawin,” he said.
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