AFTER a bruising encounter with the dreaded ‘Extra Rice Inc,' Alaska big man Sonny Thoss expects to have his hands full trying to contain the PBA's most dominant big man.
Thoss is set to get the unenviable task of taking on San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals between the Beermen and the Aces beginning on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Thoss is coming off a bruising semifinal series against a Rain or Shine side that features the tough frontline of Beau Belga and JR Quinahan. The 6-foot-6 former national team player had the last laugh after the Aces’ 4-2 win over the Elasto Painters in the best-of-seven encounter.
Now, he gets his turn taking on the player widely acknowledged today as the best center in the league.
“Yeah, definitely I will have my hands full. But the good thing about this sport, it’s a team sport. It’s five guys on the floor. And it will take all five guys to help stop and contain him (Fajardo),” said Thoss when asked about his frontline match-up with Fajardo a day after the Aces earned the right to face the Beermen in the best-of-seven title series.
The Aces held Fajardo to his lowest output this season during the two teams’ lone encounter in the conference, where he finished with just 10 points and 16 rebounds in a 66-63 Beermen loss.
Again, Thoss refused to take credit for it, saying everything was a team effort just like what it’s going to be in the title series.
“It’s not just gonna be me, it’s not just gonna be Eric (Menk), it’s not just gonna be Sam (Eman). It’s gonna be all five guys,” said the big man out of James Cook University.
But while it may take a collective effort for the Aces in trying to stop the 6-foot-10 Fajardo, Thoss said he is thrilled to go up against his San Miguel Beer counterpart.
“I’m excited and I’m all looking forward to the match-up,” he stressed.