ALASKA top slotman Sonny Thoss is unfazed by the team's struggles in the preseason, saying it merely gives coaches and officials an idea of where they are going into the league's new season.
The Aces have gone 0-3 (win-loss) in the preseason, the most recent loss a nailbiting 94-95 decision to a souped-up Barangay Ginebra squad on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
The 6-foot-7 Thoss said the fact that the Aces decided to keep their core intact augurs well for the team's campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup, which kicks off with a game against Rain or Shine in Davao on Sunday.
“Chemistry is good and keeping the core is a big factor because you don’t have to adjust that much, just a little bit here and there, couple of rookies and couple of guys come in,” Thoss told Spin.ph.
However, the Fil-German was also quick to warn that the Aces will need to work hard if they are to be successful against much-improved teams like Barangay Ginebra, Globalport, and San Mig.
“It still comes down to hard work," Thoss said. "We were able to win a championship (last season) and all that, but now we’re gonna have to sustain it, regardless of whether we maintain the core, it boils down to the intensity and effort.”