PBA: Simpson says 2018 Aces better than 2010 Fiesta Cup champs

Paul Lintag on Jul 06, 2018 07:50 PM
Simpson says 2018 Aces better than 2010 Fiesta Cup champs
The Alaska that Diamon used to know is no longer here. However, with a new batch of Aces, Simpson is confident that the 2018 version is better than the 2010 group that won a title.

The first time Diamon Simpson was in the PBA, he led Alaska past Ginebra, Talk 'N Text, and San Miguel to win the 2010 Fiesta Conference.

Eight years later, Simpson is back to help the Aces seal the no. 2 seed in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup.

The Alaska that Diamon used to know is no longer here. However, with a new batch of Aces, Simpson is confident that the 2018 version is better than the 2010 group that won a title.

"This team is really talented. I would say that our team is better than when we won it a few years ago," Simpson said Friday after his first PBA game in eight years.

"Talent-wise, there's a lot of players like tonight I didn't have to work as hard because a lot of players are good so that's a plus," he added.

Simpson played 34 minutes and scored 18 points on top of 19 rebounds. Top local Vic Manuel led the Aces with 28 points.

While Diamon acknowledges Alaska's current talent, a new title is not in his mind just yet.

His focus is to have the Aces playing up to their potential as the playoffs are literally just a couple of days away.

"If we win that's a plus but I think we should focus on playing hard, playing as hard as we can," he said.

"There's some pretty good teams here and we are in second place, which is easier that when I was here the last time so we'll see," Simpson added.

 

 

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