Sonny Thoss underscores need for Alaska to refocus as Finals series expected to be a lot physical
Sonny Thoss tries to hold his ground against mammoth June Mar Fajardo in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup Finals between Alaska and San Miguel. Jerome Ascano

VETERAN Alaska big man Sonny Thoss underscored the importance of being physically and mentally prepared in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel especially in the aftermath of several rugged plays that marred Game Two on Friday night.

The 6-foot-7 Thoss felt the Aces failed to keep their emotions in check in the fight-marred game, leading to the Aces’ 100-86 loss that allowed the Beermen to tie the series at 1-1.

Two games had so far been completed in the best-of-seven finals, but Thoss already admitted being involved in one of the most physical series ever in his 11-year career as a pro.

“It’s one of the most physical series (I’ve played with). But I’ve been through a lot of games, and just last year was physical as well.  We’re used to the physicality, but we need to be focused on the game plan,” said Thoss, who led the Aces with 16 points in a losing effort.

Several double fouls and a pair of flagrant foul penalty 1 were issued on both teams as game officials had difficult time restraining Alaska and San Miguel players.  

A one-time Finals MVP, Thoss expects the duration of the series to be more physical, which is why he has reminded Alaska young players Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel to keep their cool.

“We just gotta let them (Abueva and Manuel) know to refocus on the game and not be distracted by cheap shots because it’s part of the game.  It (physicality) happens,” stressed the 33-year-old big man out of James Cook University.

“We don’t expect them (Beermen) to come out and let us win. They’re gonna come out strong because they’re talented and a smart team, so we need to be ready.”

Abueva and Manuel are just two of six players who have been summoned by commissioner Chito Salud on Sunday to explain their side in the aftermath of the physical Game Two encounter. 


Follow the writer on Twitter: @richava