LUIGI Trillo believes the early losing record of Alaska in the PLDT MyDSL-PBA Philippine Cup belies the team’s true worth.
The reigning Commissioner’s Cup champions will be looking to put their early-season struggles behind them when the Aces face winless Air21 on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
So far, the Aces aren’t living up to their preseason hype, having lost thrice in four games including their last two outings against Barako Bull (93-97) and defending champion Talk ‘N Text (111-114) in overtime.
They Said It!
“Our losses are not a reflection of the quality of basketball we’re playing." - Alaska coach Luigi Trillo
In their two recent losses, Trillo felt the endgame breaks just went against them.
“Our losses are not a reflection of the quality of basketball we’re playing,” the reigning Coach of the Year said. “But in my mind, we just want to keep the faith, keep trusting our veterans, and keep working hard.”
While the Express remain winless in four starts, Trillo said he does not expect the Aces to run over their foes in the 8 p.m. encounter considering gunner Mark Cardona has since been reactivated after missing the first two games of the season due to an MCL sprain on his left knee.
“I just think they’ve got the talent over there,” Trillo said of the Express, who drew 13 points and six rebounds from Cardona in an 83-92 double-overtime loss to San Mig Super Coffee last Sunday.
Aside from that, former Meralco star Asi Taulava, the league’s oldest player at 40, is showing no signs of slowing down with his double-double numbers of 10.2 points and 12.7 rebounds, along 2.7 assists in 35.7 minutes of play.
Joseph Yeo on the other, had a career reboot at Air21 with averages of 19.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists, while last year’s Most Improved Player Nino Canaleta is norming 13.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per contest.