Injured Sonny Thoss to miss out for Alaska, but fit-again Gabby Espinas ready to  go vs Purefoods
Alaska center Sonny Thoss says he has played through the pain during the last Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel, but not needs to rest to allow the foot injury to heal. Jerome Ascano

ALASKA will be opening the PBA Commissioner’s Cup without top center Sonny Thoss, who is out due to an injury on his right plantar fascia.

The 6-foot-7 Thoss said he has managed to play through his injury during Alaska's run in the season-opening Philippine Cup, which saw the Aces lose to eventual champions San Miguel Beermen in seven games in the finals.

“It (plantar fascia on his right heel) was the injury I had last conference so I’ve been doing some therapy (since the conference break). The doctors advised me to rest it,” the 33-year-old Thoss told

Thoss will be missing the team’s conference-opening debut against defending champion Purefoods Star on Tuesday. For the time being, Thoss said he's been listed as day-to-day.

The Hotshots opened the conference with an emphatic 83-70 win over GlobalPort Batang Pier last week, behind stand-in import Marqus Blakely, who debuted with 26 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks.

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Without Thoss, veteran forward Gabby Espinas is expected to step up since recovering from a fractured right ankle that kept him out of the entire Philippine Cup.

“Gabby is good to go. He’s been ready to play,” added Thoss, nicknamed “the Boss”.

Aside from the 6-foot-4 Espinas, the Aces have enough warm bodies at front court to help out import DJ Covington like Eric Menk, Sam Eman, Vic Manuel and 'The Beast' Calvin Abueva.

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