SONNY Thoss admitted he has no recollection of Alaska’s last finals match against Magnolia in the 2010 Philippine Cup.
“That was a while back. I barely remembered. But it’s good to be back,” said 36-year-old Thoss, who has been with the squad since being drafted fifth overall by Alaska in 2004.
Thoss could've erased that forgettable title series from his memory since the Aces were swept by Magnolia, then known as Purefoods.
Aside from Thoss, also part of that team include head coach Tim Cone, LA Tenorio, and Joe Devance, all of whom are now playing for Barangay Ginebra, and Reynel Hugnatan, who is now with Meralco. Willie Miller has since retired as well as Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony Dela Cruz, who are now part of the Alaska coaching staff.
After winning two PBA titles with the Aces, Thoss is excited to play for another title this time with a different bunch led by import Mike Harris, Vic Manuel, Chris Banchero and head coach Alex Compton.
“I’m excited. The guys worked hard all conference. They deserved this opportunity. It’s an opportunity that we hope to grab. We’ll see how it goes,” said Thoss, who was the finals Most Valuable Player in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.
Thoss is proud that this year’s Aces are as hardworking as past teams that he was part of.
“Like any team that makes it to the finals, you know they’ve worked hard all conference. They’ve done everything. Same as the team before us. They are all hungry too. We are hungry. We are excited to be there,” said Thoss.
Thoss though admitted Alaska’s quest for the title will not be easy given the pieces Magnolia has in Romeo Travis, who was once an import of the Aces.
Travis scored 50 points in a close-out match by Magnolia against Barangay Ginebra last Friday to seal its return to the finals after finishing second to San Miguel in this year’s Philippine Cup.
“Magnolia is a tough team. They are talented. Just last game, Romeo went off for 50. You know what he is capable off. The locals, they are all active in all aspect of the game. We are going to get this rest, enjoy it but we will be locked in, stay focused, and see what we need to do. The coaches are going to do their part. We just have to be locked in and follow the game plan,” said Thoss.