PBA Season 43 preview: The Pack

Paul Lintag on Dec 15, 2017 08:30 PM
PBA Season 43 preview: The Pack
We start with "The Pack" in this preview. Special thanks to Alaska's coach Alex Compton for this idea.

Forget the PBA impasse for a second. Seriously, forget it.

Why?

There are basketball games to be played.

That's right, the PBA will push through with the opening of the 43rd season as originally scheduled and before we start what appears to be another long, exciting, stressful (for the good reasons, of course), and eventful year of basketball, let's look at all 12 teams first.

We start with "The Pack" in this preview. Special thanks to Alaska's coach Alex Compton for this idea.

Okay here we go.

 


Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals

Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals

Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

Gabe Norwood
Ed Daquioag
Jericho Cruz
Dexter Maiquez
Maverick Ahanmisi
Jewel Ponferrada
Mark Borboran
Chris Tiu
James Yap
Don Trollano
Raymond Almazan
Rey Nambatac
Beau Belga
Ronnie Matias
Jeremy King

Injured/Reserve: Jay Washington

Head coach: Caloy Garcia

The Elasto Painters, after losing so many key peices from their championship team in the previous offseason, didn't exactly have a bad year in 2017.

ROS made it to the playoffs in each of the three conferences. However, the Painters failed to advance to the semifinals in all three as well.

Rain or Shine is a champion team but the transition period for this franchise might be extended unless they can actually sustain their strong starts to conferences.

 


NLEX Road Warriors

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs

Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs

Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

Emman Monfort
Michael Miranda
Juami Tiongson
Jansen Rios
Kevin Alas
Cyrus Baguio
Alex Mallari
Larry Fonacier
Kiefer Ravena
Raul Soyud
Kenneth Ighalo
Rabeh Al-Hussaini
Alfonso Gotladera
JR Quinahan
Asi Taulava

Injured/Reserve: Ronjay Buenafe

Head coach: Yeng Guiao

It took them a while but the Road Warriors finally figured things out under coach Yeng Guiao.

And now with a new star at poing guard plus a another offseason of playing together, this season feels like the actual start of the Yeng Guiao era in NLEX.

The Road Warriors have a nice mix of young and veteran talent and they have a champion coach at the helm. The potential is there to make noise in the playoffs.

 


Phoenix Fuel Masters

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals

Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals

Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

LA Revilla
Jason Perkins
Gelo Alolino
JC Intal
Joseph Eriobu
Justin Chua
Marvin Hayes
Jeff Chan
Doug Kramer
Jam Cortez
Karl Dehesa
Rey Guevarra
William Wilson
RJ Jazul
Matthew Wright

Head coach: Louie Alas

Phoenix is in it to win it.

The Fuel Masters missed the playoffs once for the first time in four conferences and the team literally changed almost their entire coaching staff.

Coach Louie Alas will have an interesting squad to work with in his debut season with the team. If Phoenix can avoid a major slide similar to what happened in the 2017 Governors' Cup, expect the Fuel Masters to be featured in the playoff race.

 


KIA Picanto

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs

Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs

Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

Reden Celda
Jackson Corpuz
JR Reyes
Jon Gabriel
Philip Paniamogan
Rashawn McCarthy
Prince Caperal
Eric Camson
Jan Jamon
Pedrito Galanza
Roldan Sara
Glenn Khobuntin
Mark Yee
Dylan Ababou
Ronald Tubid

Head coach: Chris Gavina

Kia's unconventional ways will be tested this season.

After basically trading away Christian Standhardinger, people will most certainly watch the Picanto to lose.

But you never know with this team, they have a brilliant coach and maybe Kia manages to pull off an upset or two this season. Maybe it's not so bad after all. We'll see.

 


Meralco Bolts

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs

Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals

Governors' Cup - Finals

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

Bryan Faundo
Mike Tolomia
Cliff Hodge
Nico Salva
Baser Amer
Chris Newsome
KG Canaleta
Garvo Lanete
Joseph Sedurifa
Anjo Caram
Jason Ballesteros
Jared Dillinger
Reynel Hugnatan
Ranidel De Ocampo
Mac Baracael

Injured/Reserve: Ken Bono

Head coach: Norman Black

For the past two seasons, Meralco has not performed well in the Philippine Cup.

Without an import, the Bolts just shut down for some reason. However, the team can build on a more mature set of locals this time around to make some noise in the All-Filipino.

And you already know coach Norman Black is not allowing another All-Filipino collapse from his team.

 


Blackwater Elite

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs

Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs

Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

Mike Cortez
Mike Digregorio
Ael Banal
Roi Sumang
JP Erram
Mark Cruz
John Pinto
Mac Belo
James Sena
Renz Palma
Chris Javier
Allein Maliksi
Dave Marcelo
Raymar Jose
Kyle Neypes

Head coach: Leo Isaac

Blackwater has an interesting team.

Just looking at their line up from top to bottom, the Elite have all the tools to make a playoff runs this season.

Starting with the All-Filipino, Blackwater can finish the job that they failed to do last season. People forget that the Elite, despite missing the playoffs, had a pretty good Philippine Cup last year.

 


Globalport Batang Pier

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals

Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals

Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

Yousef Taha
Julian Sargent
Stanley Pringle
Terrence Romeo
Nico Elorde
Sean Anthony
Micahel Juico
Jonathan Gray
Ryan Arana
Kelly Nabong
Lervin Flores
Joseph Gabayni
Bradwyn Guinto

Injured/Reserve: Arnold Van Opstal

Head coach: Pido Jarencio

Regardless if its Pido Jarencio or Franz Pumaren coaching this team, things will be hard for Globalport if Terrence Romeo continues to miss time.

But looking at it from another angle, maybe Stanley Pringle shows us another level to his game and takes the Batang Pier to new heights.

However, Globalport fans would feel more comfortable if the Bro recovers according to schedule and makes his debut sooner rather than later.

 


Alaska Aces

PBA Season 42 results:

Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals

Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs

Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs

PBA Season 43 opening day line up:

Simon Enciso
Chris Banchero
Sonny Thoss
Calvin Abueva
Marion Magat
Jake Pascual
Jeron Teng
Chris Exciminiano
Carl Bryan Cruz
Abel Galiguez
Davon Potts
Jvee Casio
Kevin Racal
Vic Manuel

Injured/Reserve: Noy Baclao

Head coach: Alex Compton

It possibly can't get any worse for Alaska this season.

After a down year, the Aces are poised for a bounce back season. If Alaska can re-learn how to finish games, the team can absolutely regain its lofty standing on top of the league.

The pieces are there, it's amazing how the Aces lost so many games last season. It cannot get any worse.

 


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