ALASKA coach Alex Compton is left wondering if Sonny Thoss has been drinking water from the Fountain of Youth.
“We bottled it, given it to Sonny and that’s what he’s been drinking in practice. And he’s invigorated. So he has turned back the clock this conference for about 10 years. He has been great, he has been active, and he has been asserting himself,” said Compton.
Thoss finished with 21 points in Alaska’s 88-80 win over NLEX in the playoff for the eighth and final spot in the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, a welcome development for the Aces ahead of their playoff against top-seed and twice-to-beat Phoenix Pulse.
“I think when Sonny’s fresh and his legs are strong like that, he’s a really tough match-up for any big man in the league. We needed him to be the way he was (last Friday). He is strong and he actually had quick moves… It felt like it was 2007,” said Compton.
The 37-year-old Thoss paid tribute to the Alaska staff for helping him take care of his body.
“I’m grateful for the medical staff. They’ve been working with me, trying to get my knee and my back better. I guess that’s been helping, a lot so credit to them,” said Thoss.
Thoss said he is doubling his efforts this conference especially with Vic Manuel still out due to an injury as Alaska heads into a tough series against Phoenix Pulse.
“Just trying to be aggressive. It’s working my way at the moment. At the end of the day, we still have to lock down on defense. We have work to do. Our next opponent is just as strong and we have one day to prepare,” said Thoss.
“That’s a tough series right there. But for the first game, we’ve got to get ready or else we are done. Defensive mindset, that’s the main thing coming in,” said Thoss.