ALASKA owner Wilfred Uytengsu said on Thursday a 'hungry' Aces team won't settle for one win against San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
All smiles when approached by Spin.ph at the Smart Araneta Coliseum parking lot, the flamboyant team owner and sportsman showed off a Alaska championship ring he was wearing in his right hand as if to say the Aces want to own another one soon.
“We’re hungry, we want to win, we don’t want to win just one game. We want to win the whole series,” he said smiling.
Asked if the Aces' stunning 88-82 overtime win over San Miguel has turned the odds in the best-of-seven series, Uytengsu said all Alaska cares about is winning.
“As long as we win another ring, we’ll remain hungry,” he said, again showing his big black bull ring that represents Alaska’s first 14 championships in the PBA.
Here's the video of our full interview with Uytengsu:
Incidentally, San Miguel, the winningest team in the pro league with 19 titles, last won its championship in the 2011 Governors’ cup, a year before the Aces' last title run in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.
Uytengsu, however, admitted San Miguel’s dominant lineup, built around agile 6-10 slotman June Mar Fajardo, still pose a big threat to Alaska's bid to win three more games in the conference.
“I always have doubts on a lot of things that happened,” he said while recalling some nerve-wracking points in the game.
“ JV (Casio) slipped again, Calvin (Abueva) had fouls.. stuff happens but I am just really pleased with the outcome,” Uytengsu added.
And with the heart once again showed by his team that is pumped up by the #WeNotMe slogan, Uytengsu said he is optimistic about the Aces’ chances against the Beermen.
“I think we’ve shown tremendous heart tonight coming back from 22 (points down) in the first quarter and then take the game into overtime, and just pulling it through,” he said. “A lot of character tonight, a lot heart, a lot of determination, I am really proud of the guys.”
“We didn’t dominate the game, we just showed a lot of perseverance, we didn’t lose our composure,” he concluded.