LUIGI Trillo isn’t making a big fuss about Alaska’s first back-to-back wins in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup following the Aces’ 89-78 whipping of the San Miguel Beermen on Saturday night in Binan, Laguna.
Although the young Alaska coach was proud to see his team slug it out against the talent-laden Beermen in a defensive and physical match, Trillo feels they Aces got a lot more to improve as they slowly try to climb back into playoff contention.
“Every game is just huge now, not just for us but for every team,” Trillo told Spin.ph on Sunday.
Alaska’s second straight win evened its record at 3-3.
“But again, we still need to get better because we turned the ball over 23 times against San Miguel,” Trillo added.
The Alaska coach singled out the highlight of the victory was the team’s ability to hold its opponents to just 11 and 16 points, respectively in the first and fourth quarter, allowing the Aces to pull away in the end.
The youthful Alaska mentor also credited veteran big man Sonny Thoss for neutralizing San Miguel counterpart June Mar Fajardo, while at the same time making sure import Kevin Jones didn’t get his usual numbers.
The 6-10 Fajardo led the Beermen with 14 points, but had only eight attempts from the field overall as he got most of his points from the foul line.
“It’s really nice for Sonny Thoss to play defense against June Mar,” said Trillo. “And in the end, we also did a good job on Kevin Jones. We know he’s (Jones) really good.”
Alaska import Robert Dozier was quiet but effective, leading the Aces with 20 points and 21 rebounds, while Cyrus Baguio and JV Casio played big down the stretch, sparking the team’s 13-0 windup to deal the knockout punch against the Beermen.