Alaska's coach Jeff Cariaso believes that the other teams in the PBA have a chance due to developments around reigning Filipino cup winner San Miguel Beer and last season's governor cup winner Barangay Ginebra. "It is unfortunate what happened to June Mar (Fajardo) and Greg Slaughter," he said on Sunday after a friendly game with Dankook University in Korea at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.
"Without mentioning too much, I think that many of the other teams think that way – that there is even a window for a breath," he added.
But Cariaso emphasized that such a circumstance is still only "a window".
"It will still depend on how you want to see it. Nothing should change at the moment whether these people are there or not, ”he said.
For the time being, Cariaso said his focus was on improving the familiarity of his protégés with one another, since they had "many new faces".
After conquering visitors between 129 and 101, he could see where the aces are in terms of cohesion.
New faces Mike DiGregorio and Robbie Herndon led the charges with 24 and 23 points, respectively. Vic Manuel threw in 17 while aspiring rookie Jaycee Marcelino had 15.
Alaska has hardly contested the playoff race twice last year. The best result was achieved by the Governors & # 39; Cup at the end of the season, in which the aces finished 7th.
The altitude of Alaska, the PBA's second largest franchise, largely depends on Jeron Teng, who the team announced on Sunday morning as its new spearhead. "It is planned to turn the team around Jeron." said team governor Dickie Bachmann. "We expect big things from him." "He's had a couple of years under his belt," said Cariaso. "He is no longer a child. He has to understand that his role has to be a bit higher."
“We play together as we do here. We always have a man who is capable and can rise if necessary. INQ
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