Compton mum on talk that Tony Dela Cruz is joining Alaska coaching staff
Alex Compton refuses to confirm or deny rumors that former Ace Tony dela Cruz is coming on board as part of Alaska’s new coaching staff. 

MUM is the word for Alex Compton as far as the new personnel that will comprise his Alaska coaching staff for the coming 43rd PBA season is concerned.

Compton refused to name at the moment the coaches who will take the place of former assistants Louie Alas and Topex Robinson, neither confirming nor denying rumors that former Ace Tony dela Cruz is coming on board as part of Alaska’s new coaching staff.

Alas is now the head coach of Phoenix after serving as lead deputy at Alaska for five years, first with Luigi Trillo, with whom he won a title in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup, and later with Compton.

He brought along with him Robinson, the current mentor of the Lyceum Pirates and considered one of the young brilliant basketball minds in the country today.

“I’ll let you know right away once we finalize the coaches who will fill the spots left open by coach Louie and coach Topex,” said the 43-year-old mentor.

But Compton admitted he’s looking at some possible candidates who already applied for the job.

Asked if Dela Cruz is among the candidates, Compton didn’t reply.

Dela Cruz, 39, retired at the end of the just concluded season after a 12-year stint with the team and serving as Alaska’s team captain.

He currently works as one of ESPN 5’s television panelists during games.

Left as part of Compton's coaching staff are Jeffrey Cariaso, Monch Gavieres, Franco Atienza, and Paulo Layug.

At the same time, Compton wished both Alas and Robinson the best in their new endeavor as heads of the Phoenix coaching staff. He described the two as ‘lifelong friends.’

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