The Alaska Aces were one game away from making it into the championship round and that is enough reason to feel optimistic about this team. Willie Miller who was nearly unstoppable in several stretches of the tournament, suddenly became ice cold (only 10 points) in the seventh and deciding game of their semis match up against the eventual champions Sta. Lucia Realtors but he will be back. Miller is too good and too talented to be destructed by this offensive meltdown.
The offseason brought Ateneo alums LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier to the Acesâ€™ fold. They are expected to bring fire and intensity to the teamâ€™s otherwise dull backcourt. The trade costs coach Tim Cone and the Aces no less than the teamâ€™s premier point guard Mike Cortez and promising big man Ken Bono but with Tenorio handling the break, the Aces are expected to run more and play a fast-paced ballgame. Fonacier gives the Aces a terrific perimeter shooter, a weapon the team never had since the days of Jojo Lastimosa and Roel Gomez.
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