ALASKA veteran slotman Sonny Thoss said the Aces have a lot to be proud of after turning from a lottery pick team last season to a title contending unit in the PBA Philippine Cup.
And he believes the only franchise he played for in his pro career so far is bound to get even better after pushing defending champion Talk `N Text to the limit before bowing out in their semifinals series following the Aces’ 78-83 loss in Game Six on Friday night at the Astrodome.
“Yeah, we’ve come a long way, though we’re still a bit disappointed,” said Thoss following the sorry setback that ended Alaska’s all-Filipino campaign.
Drafted fifth overall by the General Milling franchise in 2004, Thoss said a retooled roster that features energetic rookie Calvin Abueva, former Smart Gilas starting playmaker JV Casio, along with top gun Cyrus Baguio has turned the Aces into legitimate title contenders.
The Aces can only get better, so long as they continue to learn, he added.
“We’ll take what we’ve learned. Of course, this (loss) is a (part of the) learning process for us. We just need to regroup for the next conference. I know what the guys are capable of doing. It’s just a matter of time before we click,” he added.
The former James Cook University alumnus posted four double-doubles in their tough semifinal series with the Tropang Texters in which the outcome of games are decided by five points or less.
Thoss said the Aces will surely use the experience gained from the Philippine Cup semis as a springboard to further improve and hopefully, win the franchise’s first-ever title in the post-Tim Cone era.