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2014-15 Alaska Aces Primer

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2013-14 Standings:

 WINLOSSRANKPLAYOFFS
Philippine Cup598thDefeated the Bolts in a sudden-death playoffLost to the Barangay (had a twice-to-beat disadvantage)
Commissioner’s Cup633rdLost to the Mixers (had a twice-to-beat advantage)
Governor’s Cup543rdDefeated the Barangay (had a twice-to-beat advantage)Lost to the Painters 3-2 in the semifinals
Total2121

 

2013-14 Team Leaders
PPGJayvee Casio12.60
APGJayvee Casio3.02
RPGJoachim Thoss7.60
BPGJoachim Thoss0.81
SPGCalvin Abueva0.86


Players Lost:
Ryan Buenafe (Free Agent), Nic Belasco (Dispersal draft)
Players Drafted: #5 pick: Chris Banchero, #13 pick: Rome dela Rosa
Players Added: Eric Menk

2014 Projected Depth Chart:

CSonny ThossSamigue EmanGabby Espinas
F Calvin AbuevaEric MenkPaolo Bugia
FTony dela CruzDondon HontiverosJosh Vanlandingham
GCyrus BaguioChris ExciminianoRome dela Rosa
GJayvee CasioRJ JazulChris Banchero

 The Bandwagon Wire Says:

Last season was a transition year for the team as long-time Alaska staff member and Coach Luigi Trillo left the Aces. Assistant coach Alex Compton took the role of head coach right smack in the middle of a conference.

It would be hard for anyone else to follow the trail left by the Tim Cone-mentored Coach Trillo. But Coach Alex Compton is not like the rest of us. Backed by an amazing staff that went to war with him, the Aces would be just

a lay-up

and an overtime win

away from reaching the Governor’s Cup finals. Now, this year’s Aces squad is looking to continue the winning tradition of the franchise going into the 40th season of the league.

New season, new system

After decades of using the triangle offense, the Aces are incorporating the offensive set utilized by the much-beloved 2011 Powerade Tigers squad, where Coach Compton was an assistant coach. This offensive set is fast-paced and relies heavily on outside shooting. The big men in this system should run hard in transition and always be alert for the long offensive rebounds.

The players, for sure, will not have a tough time to adjust to this system mainly because they have the same court general who led that Powerade Tigers team, Jayvee Casio.

If you love offense and high scoring games, watch all the Aces games this season. It will be madness!

What about the defense?

The starting five won’t have a problem on defense, especially with the Boss and Calvin Abueva around. The problem though is whether the bigs off the bench can sustain the defense. Gabby Espinas is out for a while to back-up the Boss. Maybe the former MVP Major Pain can find one last push in the twilight of his career. Or maybe, just maybe, Samigue Eman finally learns how to play ball. The team needs Eman to step-up his game this conference, especially during those moments when the Boss and the Beast are resting on the bench.

2014-15 Philippine Cup Prediction

Teams will have a hard time figuring out who to tightly defend in this Aces squad. Casio, Baguio, Hontiveros, Jazul, and even Exciminiano will have a field day with teams who would try to run with them. However, the Boss and the Beast need to work twice as hard in games against the likes of June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, or Ian Sangalang and Marc Pingris for the team to score wins against those frontlines.

And we still think that Chris Banchero is a little overrated.

Our prediction: 5th place, eliminated in the quarterfinals

 2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup Primers


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