SONNY Thoss was left frustrated absorbing a loss in his first game this conference, but the Alaska big man is confident the Aces can recover and secure a spot in the playoffs with still four games remaining in the eliminations.
After missing the first six games in the Commissioner’s Cup due to a partially torn right plantar fascia, Thoss gave a good account of himself with 16 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes of action for Alaska, although Kia denied him a win in his comeback.
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Thoss felt the weight and the power of KIA’s hulking import Peter John Ramos, who finished the game with 36 points and hauled down 33 boards, the most number of rebounds registered in the league over the last 10 years.
That left the Aces in 10th spot with a 2-5 win-loss record, with the Carnival sitting in eighth at 4-5.
Now the big man out of James Cook University looks forward to his next game, and he has a week to prepare for Blackwater, another dangerous expansion squad.
“It’s good to be back, I’m still rusty and there are so many things to work on,” Thoss told Spin.ph.
Although Thoss is noted for being a solid defender in his 11 seasons in the PBA, the “Boss” admitted that the 7-foot-3 Puerto Rican import Ramos gave them huge problems.
“He’s massive. You see how he is. He’s not even exerting any effort because he’s just using his body and causing a lot of mismatches like people gotta double and his teammates wide open shots,” explained the 33-year-old Thoss.
“We have to do a good job defensively if we’re gonna meet them (Carnival) again.”
Thoss also said he doesn’t know if their struggles are mainly mental or physical, but stresses that they have time to figure things out.
“I don’t know if it’s fatigue, or mentally not focused, but it’s (playoff chances) still in our hands because we still have four games to go,” he said.
“We’re just gonna grab the opportunity then come out ready.”
Alaska returns to action on March 11 against Blackwater, which needs to sweep its last three games to get a shot at earning a playoff spot.