source: Reynaldo Belen | InterAKTV
One tournament after parting ways with longtime coach Tim Cone, the Alaska Aces are also saying goodbye to his trademark triangle offense.
LA Tenorio said the team is ready to dissociate itself from the offensive system, which became the hallmark of Alaska’s championship dynasty in the 1990s.
“Sa palagay ko mas matutuwa dito sina Cyrus Baguio and Bonbon Custodio, kasi ang sistema na gagawin namin, more on takbuhan. Wala masyadong set plays, pero we intend to run,” said Tenorio.
After Cone’s departure, the Aces stumbled to a ninth-place finish in the Philippine Cup, the franchise’s worst record in an all-Filipino tournament. During the break, Alaska decided to revamp its system, with coach Joel Banal, Cone’s former assistant, completely eschewing the triangle.
“We’ve decided na huwag na gamitin yung triangle,” Tenorio said. “Before kasi, iniisip ni Coach Joel na huwag na muna baguhin yung sistema ni Coach Tim para hindi manibago yung mga players. Pero this time, napagkasunduan namin na sistema na ni Coach Joel yung gamitin.”
The Aces held their team building seminar in Antipolo as part of their preparation for the Commissioner’s Cup. Tenorio said that the team has decided to take things step-by-step, to build chemistry first before putting pressure on themselves to win immediately.
“Before kasi, we were so focused on winning games. Naging tight yung team kasi nga we want to match what Coach Tim’s team (B-MEG) has been achieving.
“This time, we want to focus on building the team muna through bonding kasi importante yun sa isang team.”
The Aces will see action right away during the opening of the Commissioner’s Cup as they battle the Barako Bull Energy at 5:15 p.m.