ALASKA'S offseason build up continues with the addition of two ageless warriors in Nic Belasco and Eddie Laure.
Belasco and Laure both suited up for the Powerade Tigers last season, only for the two veterans to find their way back to the Aces this year.
“I’m glad that Eddie is back with the team. I believe he, along with Nic can really contribute a lot for the team this coming season,” Alaska coach Lugi Trillo said in a talk with Spin.ph
Trillo said both veteran big men can help mentor the younger players in the post, like Gabby Espinas and Samigue Eman, while serving as a perfect complement to 6-foot-8 center Sonny Thoss.
“Nic has been there and done that kind of player. He has won championships with San Miguel Beer and certainly, the experience he brings to the team will help us as we rebuild,” explained Trillo, recently given a fresh three-year contract to handle the coaching reins of the Aces.
As of the moment, there had been teams inquiring about the 6-foot-8 Eman, but Trillo reiterated he had no intention of trading the former University of Mindanao standout.
“I’d rather keep our team intact. We want to have better chemistry as we start the season,” he added.
Laure, a journeyman in the PBA, played for the Aces during the 2005-2006 season before being traded along with Solomon Mercado by Alaska to Rain or Shine for 2007 No. 1 draft selection Joe DeVance and two future second round picks.
On the other hand, Belasco began his PBA career as the no.2 overall pick of Sunkist in the 1997 Draft. Eventually, he was traded to San Miguel Beer which he helped win eight championships during his stint. He has since bounced to teams like Welcoat, Coca-Cola, and Talk ‘N Text, before jumping to the Asean Basketball League (ABL) to play as an import for the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
He had a brief stint with the Powerade Tigers in the Governors Cup, before being released by the team following the sale of the franchise to Global Port, owned by businessman-sportsman Mikee Romero.