AFTER three tries, the Alaska Aces remain without an import for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The team is in a race against time in its bid to sign an import for the mid-season tournament when latest choice Hilton Armstrong decided to sign instead for a team in China.
After being bundled out in the semifinals of the Philippine Cup, the Aces return back to practice in four days' time with the prospect of not having an import yet.
“May makukuha naman kami, kasi busy na rin si coach (Luigi Trillo) sa paghahanap,” said assistant coach Louie Alas.
The Aces first set their sights on Eric Dawson, who ended up signing with the Meralco Bolts.
Former Los Angeles Laker DJ Mbenga was also in Alaska’s radar, but no agreement was reached as the former member of the Belgian national team was reportedly asking for the moon.
Alas added Trillo is now burning the lines shopping for another import prospect, whom he said could well adopt to the Aces’ patented `triangle offense.’
“Kailangan namin kasi `yung hindi ball hog, yung lalaro sa sistema ng team,” Alas said.
This developed as as Justin Williams arrived in the country Friday night to suit up for Globalport in the import-laden tournament.
Williams, a former Sacramento King, is the latest import to be tapped for the conference that begins February 8 after Herbert Hill (Ginebra), Renald Balkman (Petron), Bruno Sundov (Rain or Shine), Dawson (Meralco), Michael Dunigan (Air21), and Evan Brock (Barako Bull).
Defending champion San Mig Coffee is still waiting for Denzel Bowles to get his clearance from a China team, while Talk `N Text has yet to name its choice after dropping its pursuit of naturalized player Marcus Douthit to let him focus on his duties with Gilas ahead of the Asian championships in Manila.