ALASKA coach Alex Compton is raving about Sonny Thoss, who has been stepping up for Alaska with the Aces suffering from injury woes this conference.
With Alaska’s main big man Vic Manuel still suffering from an injured back, the 37-year-old Thoss has been taking the cudgels in the Aces, averaging 8.0 points and 4.89 rebounds.
On Wednesday, the 15-year veteran, who was picked fifth overall in the 2004 draft, was once again an unsung hero for the Aces, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds in the Aces’ 92-77 win over Meralco.
In a game where Alaska's shooting was mostly the story of the win against Meralco, Compton didn't let Thoss' contributions go unnoticed.
“How about Sonny Thoss,” Compton proudly said. “We needed a basket, he scored. We needed somebody to create, he created that. I just think Sonny this conference has been great.”
Thoss’ numbers so far in the Philippine Cup is slightly up from his season average of 5.1 points and 3.3 rebounds last year. Compton said Thoss’ impact also extends to the intangibles as he is also showing his leadership for the team.
“I probably didn’t coach him very well last year. And he is doing a great job. He has been a vet and a leader for us and he is doing great. Just so nice to see him play like that,” said Compton.
Following the win, Alaska is now in a share of sixth place in the team standings with a 4-5 record and is in the thick of the quarterfinal race.
“I thought he was great. I don’t know if I’m the only guy in this room that felt that way, but that’s fine. I thought Sonny was great,” said Compton.