ALASKA remained winless against former coach Tim Cone seven meetings since the American mentor left the franchise more than a year ago.
But Luigi Trillo still believes the law of averages will eventually catch up with his longtime mentor shortly after the Aces suffered a 75-68 loss to San Mig Coffee in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
So far, Trillo is 0-4 against his acknowledged mentor and the Aces 0-7 overall since they were orphaned by Cone after a fruitful 22-year partnership to take the head-coaching job at San Mig starting the 2011-12 season.
“I’m 0-4 against Tim and there’s a lot of emotion out there. I’ve been under him 14 years and some of the guys too,” said Trillo, mentioning the likes of Cyrus Baguio and Sonny Thoss among the former Alaska players who had developed a close working relationship with Cone while he was still with Alaska.
“But I’d rather look at the positive side. This thing is gonna make us grow and we’re still tied for first place. We’ll figure them out when we meet them again.”
The Aces, according to Trillo, just weren’t in the right frame of mind against the Mixers, costing them to lose for the first time in the tournament after winning their first five games.
“I thought our guys were just out of control, especially in the second and third (periods), and then a little bit of what happened to Talk ‘N Text happened to us. We missed some good looks.
“But I’m not gonna cry about it (loss). It’s just one game.”
The loss paved the way for a two-way tie for the top between the Aces and idle Petron Boosters at 5-1.
Trillo said the Aces just have to move forward and start preparing for their next game against the Boosters, a team which he feels is peaking at the right time, thanks to the energetic plays of import Renaldo Balkman.