SONNY Thoss showed that at age 37, he can still ball as he proved to be a force inside in Alaska’s 103-101 win over Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The veteran big man fired 16 points in the Aces’ second straight win - his best output since last year’s all-Filipino conference, and six more than his combined output in the team's first two games this season.
The last of his baskets came in the final 7.8 seconds and clinched the victory for Alaska.
“One of the better ones for sure,” said Thoss of his performance, which also saw him grab five rebounds and go 8-of-12 from the field.
“Coach asked me to be aggressive and I knew we had a size advantage so I just tried to make myself available. Appreciate the guys looking for me inside, too.”
It’s a good thing Thoss has been injury-free to start the season unlike last year when he was in and out of the active roster for health reasons.
“It’s not the best-case scenario, but it happens, players go down,” said the 6-foot-7 Thoss, a 12-time All-Star and two-time Mythical First Team member.
The 15-year big man admitted he’s not really 100 percent.
“I just continue to work with the medical staff and hope it gets better,” he said.
Unlike before, Thoss didn’t need to ice his knees or feet after the game.
“I’m going to feel it later,” he said grinning. “But I feel good now.”