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    Trillo quick to quash Thoss trade rumors

    Oct 22, 2012

    WHAT Alaska needs right now is chemistry and stability, not a new slotman.
    That was more or less the message from Alaska Milk coach Luigi Trillo amid growing talk that the team has put Sonny Thoss on the trading block after a string of lackluster performances from the starting slotman to open the season.

    “There’s no truth to that,” Trillo told “That's an absolute lie and a big-time rumor that people are just trying to cook up. We are very, very happy with what we are doing now in the team.

    "We love Sonny.”

    The James Cook University alumnus is averaging just 7.7 points on 33 percent shooting from the field, and 6.5 rebounds in the PBA Philippine Cup - way below his double-double averages of 11.6 points and 10 rebounds last season, the first for the Aces in the post-Tim Cone era.

    In an 88-86 win over Petron on Friday, Thoss was just three-of-10 from the field, missing several point-blank attempts.

    Trillo, however, said Thoss’ ongoing struggle this season is understandable, considering the 2004 fifth overall pick hardly joined the team’s offseason practice due to his commitment with the Smart Gilas 2.0 national team that won the William Jones Cup crown and placed fourth in the Fiba Asia Cup on Tokyo, Japan.

    And since the Aces added a slew of new faces like point guard JV Casio, Dondon Hontiveros, Raphael Reyes, Eddie Laure, Nic Belasco, and just recently, this season’s No. 2 overall rookie pick Calvin Abueva, Thoss needs more games to get used to his new teammates, Trillo said.

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    “Every player goes through that (struggle). James Yap went through that last season under coach Tim (Cone), but he came back strong after that and even won a championship,” added Trillo.

    Trillo also said the 6-7 Fil-German was bothered by a bum stomach in one game. And if he had struggled in the others, it was not because of lack of effort, he added.

    “I like Sonny’s effort in his last two games. His effort will eventually benefit the team. We’re very pleased with his defense. You just can’t ask for anything more from Sonny," Trillo said.

    "But again, you just can’t keep changing guys because you can’t develop a sense of trust.”


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