SONNY Thoss doesn’t mind if he continues to fire blanks as long as Alaska sustains its defensive intensity against GlobalPort when the Aces try to wrap up their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series in Game Five on Tuesday.
The Aces star big man, just two games after joining the 5,000-point club, was uncharacteristically held scoreless as he missed all his three shots and hauled down a single rebound in 16 minutes as a starter in the team’s 109-84 Game Four win that gave them a 3-1 lead.
“Offensively, I’m struggling a little bit, but more importantly, the team’s doing a great job defensively,” Thoss said after the Aces limited the Batang Pier to just 42-percent shooting. “We’re trying to do everything collectively as a team, trying to control them and at the same time play our game.”
Asked if was nursing an injury, Thoss shook his head.
“I look like I’m struggling out there, but the important thing is that we’re winning and doing it as a team,” The Filipino-German big man said. “That’s my focus.”
While Thoss failed to contribute, the rest of his teammates picked up the slack as eight Aces finished with at least eight points each.
“Everybody’s stepping up,” Thoss said. “It doesn’t matter who scores as long as we score. That’s my mentality and I’m happy.”
The Gilas slotman will be happier if the Aces finish the Batang Pier off in Game Five.
“It’s always tough to close out a series,” he said. “They’re a talented team. They’re going to make some adjustments and we’re going to be ready to make ours.”
“We’re going to come in with the same defensive mindset,” he added.