|Will Coach Alex #LetAbuevaBeAbueva ?|
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Players: Samigue Eman, Chris Banchero, Cyrus Baguio, Calvin Abueva, Sonny Thoss, Ping Exciminiano, Paolo Bugia, Vic Manuel, Eric Menk, Dondon Hontiveros, RJ Jazul, JVee Casio, Tony de la Cruz, Gabby Espinas, Josh Vanlandingham, Rome de la Rosa (R)
After an unexpected divorce with its (now former) head coach, the Aces look to win anew under head coach Alex Compton who is reportedly shying away from the Triangle Offense. This approach is going to prove to be rather interesting, since it wasn't THAT long ago wherein the Aces sacked another former head coach for doing just that-- dumping the team's patented, tried-and-tested offensive philosophy of XX years instilled by now San Mig Coffee Mixers' grand slam coach Tim Cone.
Looking at the roster, the Aces were able to add a few pieces who have that right balance of being an exceptional basketball athlete (which is quite big with the franchise when you look at most of their acquisitions over the years) and quality locker room guy (with Abueva and maybe buddy Espinas being the only firebrands). Veterans Menk and Vanlandingham will address certain needs on the floor-- a quality backup for franchise cornerstone Thoss on the block and a wing defender/ shooter to spell veteran wings Hontiveros and De La Cruz.