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Lack of size, injuries hurting Alaska Aces, says Compton

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Alex Compton is happy with his team s effort but says the team has to find ways to cover their depleted lineup

Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Vacations, staycations, traditions: PBA stars share Holy Week plans

Mar 23, 2016 - 3:53 PM

How are some of the PBA players and coaches planning to spend Holy Week 2016?

HOLY WEEK PLANS. (From L to R) Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Jeff Chan, Dondon Hontiveros and other PBA stars share their plans for Holy Week 2016. File Photos from Rappler

Alaska comes from behind to take 3-0 PBA Finals lead over San Miguel

Jan 22, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The Alaska Aces have secured an overwhelming series lead moving to within one win of the 2016 Philippine Cup title

MILKING IT. Sonny Thoss and the Alaska Aces have buried the San Miguel Beermen in a 3-0 hole from which they are unlikely to dig out from. Photo by PBA Images

PHOTO: Pingris, PBA players at Duterte-Cayetano event

Nov 30, 2015 - 1:26 PM

Marc Pingris and Sonny Thoss among other PBA players were at the MAD For Change event of Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano

PLAYERS AT DUTERTE EVENT. Basketball players seen in the photo include Marc Pingris, Willie Miller, Cyrus Baguio, Willy Wilson, Sonny Thoss, JayR Reyes, and Mac Baracael. Photo from Jobe Nkemakolam's Facebook

Gilas Pilipinas: Sonny Thoss

Sep 20, 2015 - 2:49 PM

Get to know Sonny Thoss of the Gilas Pilipinas national men s basketball team

WATCH: Terrence Romeo in scuffle with Russia as tempers flare

Sep 01, 2015 - 2:26 PM

Head coach Tab Baldwin was visibly unhappy about the calls and reportedly declared the Philippines would walk out if there is one more dirty play

PHYSICAL GAME. Terrence Romeo and Gilas Pilipinas are in a highly physical, and bloody, game against Russia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taulava, Thoss eager to step in for injured Fajardo

Aug 11, 2015 - 7:15 PM

Gilas coach Tab Baldwin also stresses the impact Andray Blatche makes for the team

Gilas coach on Fajardo: ‘Can’t lose something you never had’

Aug 11, 2015 - 5:00 PM

We obviously would have loved to incorporate him into the team says Gilas coach Tab Baldwin But you can’t miss what you don’t have

POSITIVE. Gilas coach Tab Baldwin is choosing to stay positive amid the absence of injured center June Mar Fajardo (right), seen here going for the rebound against Argentina's Luis Scola during the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Photo from

WATCH: Gilas pool, coaches on why PH should host 2019 FIBA World Cup

Aug 07, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin as well as Asi Taulava Troy Rosario and more share their thoughts on the FIBA World Cup final bid

Thoss, Abueva deliver as Meralco falls to Alaska in double OT

Mar 17, 2015 - 10:39 PM

With import Damion James out in 2nd overtime Sonny Thoss and Calvin Abueva take charge to deliver a win for the Aces

MAN IN THE MIDDLE. Alaska's Sonny Thoss, seen here squeezing through Meralco's Josh Davis and Cliff Hodge, takes over in the paint for the Aces in the second overtime period. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Short-handed Alaska nips NLEX to return to winning ways

Feb 07, 2015 - 8:35 PM

The Aces accurately predict NLEX s last play preventing import Al Thornton from getting to the basket to hold on for a one point victory

Alaska's DJ Covington challenges the defense of NLEX big men Al Thornton and Asi Taulava.

Alaska pulls off another comeback over Rain or Shine for 3-2 lead

Dec 27, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The Aces overcome a 19 point deficit against Rain or Shine and are now one win away from entering the PBA PH Cup Finals

THE ACES BOSS. Alaska's Sonny Thoss posts up against Rain or Shine's JR Quiñahan. Photo Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rain or Shine wins Christmas duel vs Alaska

Dec 25, 2014 - 6:33 PM

Jeff Chan delivers his best game of the season with 25 points on 5 10 shooting from beyond the arc

ON TARGET. Jeff Chan shoots 5/10 three-pointers to lead the Elasto Painters over the Aces. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Aces draw first blood in semis series vs Elasto Painters

Dec 18, 2014 - 9:59 PM

Alaska comes back from a 17 point halftime deficit to record first win in their best of 7 series against Rain or Shine

BEASTING. Calvin Abueva injects energy to the Aces and leads the team to a decisive 10-0 run in the final period. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Undefeated no more: Barako Bull takes down Alaska

Nov 19, 2014 - 7:23 PM

Denok Miranda leads Barako Bull to an upset of league leading Alaska Aces who saw their winning streak snapped at 6

TRIPLE TEAM. Jondan Salvador, Jake Pascual, and Denok Miranda stops Sonny Thoss from scoring in the paint. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alaska puts the chains on Rain or Shine for 1-0 semis start

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:11 PM

The Alaska Aces got a measure of revenge against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for their 51 point blowout loss winning game 1 of the Governors Cup semis

ALASKA FREEZE. Rain or Shine's Paul Lee finds himself smothered in Aces as he drives to the basket. Photo by Kevin Dela Cruz/Rappler

PBA: New coach Alex Compton nails first win with Alaska

May 26, 2014 - 11:24 PM

Former MBA player Alex Compton is now 1 0 as Alaska head coach after beating an import less Talk N Text

MILK MONEY. Henry Walker of the Alaska Aces moves to the basket against Aaron Aban of Talk 'N Text. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Walker’s near triple-double lead Aces past Beermen

May 18, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Billy Walker was one assist from a triple double in his debut for the Alaska Aces to lead his team to victory in their Governors Cup opener

WALK THE WALK. Billy Walker of the Alaska Aces goes to the rim against San Miguel Beer's Arwind Santos. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Mig Coffee escapes Alaska to force Game 3 in QFs

Apr 23, 2014 - 9:05 PM

A non call helped turn the tide for the Mixers as they even their quarterfinals series against the Aces

BOUNCE BACK. Mark Pingris top scores for San Mig Coffee as they force Game 3 vs Alaska. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alaska-San Mig Game 2: Thoss should be 'The Boss' to close series for Aces

Apr 23, 2014 - 6:45 AM

Thoss physicality in the paint helped contain San Mig s import James Mays He needs to do it again to hel the Aces to advance to the next round

TOUGH BOSS. Sonny Thoss must assert his presence in the paint in game 2 of Alaska's quarterfinals series vs San Mig Coffee. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Tim Cone faced the best national team in recent memory

Apr 07, 2014 - 3:01 PM

San Mig Coffee head coach Tim Cone coached against the Gilas team on Sunday night While he doesn t believe they re the most talented squad ever assembled he feels they re the best team the Philippines has seen in a long time

PBA coach Tim Cone at the All-Star game press conference on Thursday. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: PBA All Stars vs Gilas Pilipinas

Apr 06, 2014 - 2:09 PM

The best of the PBA clash with the country s national basketball team in an All Star game that promises to be both fun and competitive

PBA Fastbreak: Chan, Butch catch fire to lead ROS, Meralco

Mar 16, 2014 - 12:42 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Saturday night s games between Rain or Shine and Alaska plus Meralco and Globalport

CLUTCH BUTCH. Brian Butch has been impossible to contain since joining the Meralco Bolts. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Who should make the PBA All-Star team reserves?

Mar 12, 2014 - 1:20 PM

The 2014 PBA All Star game starters have been named by voters nationwide Now it s time to ask who joins them in the titanic duel against Gilas Pilipinas on April 6?

BACK UP ALL-STARS. Ginebra's Mark Caguioa (L) and Alaska's Sonny Thoss (R) round out this writer's picks for the All-Star reserves. Photos by Nuki Sabio

PBA Fastbreak: RoS over Globalport, Alaska downs Ginebra

Jan 23, 2014 - 4:38 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Wednesday night s PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals match ups

PBA Fastbreak: RoS over Globalport, Alaska downs Ginebra  Rain or Shine over GlobalPort, 106-96  The Best: How about Rain or Shine’s undersized but undaunted frontline? In this game, the trio of Jervy Cruz, Beau Belga, and Larry Rodriguez triumphantly led the Painters into the semifinals, combining for a total of 51 points and 22 rebounds. Belga, in particular, came up big, scoring 6 of his team’s last 8 points to ensure the Painters’ entry into the next round.  The Worst: The Batang Pier turned the ball over 7 more times than ROS. This resulted in a +9 advantage for the Painters in terms of points-off-turnovers. The trio of Terrence Romeo, Kelly Nabong and Sol Mercado were the chief culprits here, combining for 14 of GlobalPort’s 17 errors. Oh well, at least they’ll have some down time to practice and minimize those TOs for the future.  Great Gabe: After his hum-drum elimination round production, Gabe Norwood stepped up at a critical time, scoring 14 points on 4/9 FG shooting on top of 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Gilas Pilipinas’ prime defensive stopper was practically everywhere in this one, and coach Yeng Guiao will definitely need the George Mason University alum to be at his best moving forward.   Alaska over Ginebra, 104-97  The Best: Three Alaska Aces finished with double-doubles. Against a team with Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar patrolling the interior, that’s pretty spectacular. Calvin Abueva had 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in arguably his most impressive outing of the season yet. Sonny Thoss added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Gabby Espinas registered 12 markers and 11 boards.  The Worst: At times, this game featured Ginebra at its worst — leaving people too open, having too many creases in the defense, and not boxing out tough enough. Sure, losing by just 7 points implies the Gin Kings could’ve done much worse, but the flipside is, especially knowing how well they’ve played so far, they also could’ve done much much better.  Fire in the hole!: The Aces not only outworked the Kings, they also outshot them, and how! Super snipers Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, and JV Casio continuously hit the mark here, combining for 10/17 shooting from beyond the arc. All three guys totaled 52 points for coach Luigi Trillo, whose team won its third straight win-or-go-home affair. Should the Aces pull off another stunner in Game Two, then they will march on to the semifinals and send Ginebra’s promising campaign to a tragic end. -

PBA Roundup: Aguilar, Castro lead Rappler's Best Player race

Jan 23, 2014 - 5:11 AM

With action in the quarterfinals already heating up Rappler gives you the their five best picks in the roundup of the PBA Best Player Race

GIN KING. Japeth Aguilar remains the most dominant player in the PBA this conference. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: Alaska prevails over Meralco

Jan 21, 2014 - 3:38 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo examines the high stakes matchup between the Alaska Aces and Meralco Bolts from Monday night

ZAPPED. Jared Dillinger of the Meralco Bolts dishes a pass under the rim in a valiant but losing effort. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alaska prevails over Meralco, barges into playoffs

Jan 20, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Five Aces finished in double figures as Alaska hangs on for dear life and dispatch the Meralco Bolts from the playoffs

SURVIVAL. The Alaska Aces win their second survival game in two days to enter the PH Cup quarterfinals. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Best Player Race Weeks 6-7: Aguilar is Ginebra’s complete package

Jan 08, 2014 - 4:34 PM

PBA expert Levi Verora breaks down the individual performances of the league s top players in this week s PBA Best Player Race

JAPETH COMETH. Ginebra's reliable big man has propelled himself to the top of the PBA Best Player rankings. Photo from Aguilar's fan club page on Facebook

Should Thoss be considered again for Gilas Pilipinas?

Dec 23, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Sonny Thoss recent showdown with Ginebra s Twin Towers of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter shows he s still a top shelf big man

THE BOSS. Sonny Thoss is averaging 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Alaska Aces in the PBA 2014 Philippine Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Fastbreak: Belga outmuscles Meralco bigs, Sonny Thoss still 'The Boss'

Nov 23, 2013 - 7:07 PM

Belga fills up the stat sheet in the Painters win over the Bolts and Thoss shows he s still The Boss in the Aces win vs the Mixers

BIG MAN. Beau Belga showed why he was a member of Gilas Pilipinas filling the stat sheet in Rain or Shine's win vs Meralco. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA preview: Alaska Aces

Nov 12, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Thoss and Casio have proven to be steady contributors to Alaska s cause while Abueva will look to bounce back from a dismal Governor s Cup

ACES TRIO. Alaska won the Commissioner's Cup title behind the efforts of Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, and JVee Casio. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Everyone a hero in Alaska eruption

May 20, 2013 - 3:00 AM

Everybody played a role as Alaska defeated Ginebra for the PBA Commissioner s Cup title

SKYING HIGH. Dozier had 6 blocks to go with his 20 rebounds. Photo by PBA Images/Nuki Sabio.

Gilas Diaries: Sonny Disposition

Apr 10, 2013 - 6:22 PM

Rappler s Enzo Flojo talks with Sonny Thoss as the big man shared the difference about the Gilas crew of today from the ones he played for before

Rappler Fastbreak: Aces zap Bolts; Boosters manhandle Mixers

Feb 13, 2013 - 11:36 PM

Alaska zapped Meralco while Petron had a surprisingly easy time in crushing San Mig Coffee in Wednesday s PBA matches

Grading Gilas' FIBA-Asia Pool

Feb 07, 2013 - 11:42 PM

Our resident hoop nut grades the choices for Gilas Pilipinas national pool for the FIBA Asia Championships in August

Fresh off a successful UAAP stint, Greg Slaughter gets to battle Asia's best. (Photo by Josh Albelda)

Smart-Gilas announces 17-man roster for FIBA Asia Championship

Feb 07, 2013 - 2:04 PM

Philippine men s basketball team head coach Chot Reyes named his 17 man national team pool of players who will play in the FIBA Asia Championships in August

File photo from Smart-Gilas Pilipinas official Facebook page of the team that played in Dubai

PBA Semifinals: Talk 'N Text vs Alaska and SanMig Coffee vs Rain or Shine

Dec 25, 2012 - 2:32 PM

There will be no shortage of holiday hoops action thanks to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Here s what we think of the match ups

Grading Gilas 2’s PBA pool

Mar 28, 2012 - 1:07 PM

Contributor Josiah Albelda analyzes Chot Reyes picks from the PBA

Reyes releases 16-man pool for Gilas

Mar 27, 2012 - 10:14 PM

Reyes described the pool of players as deep versatile and skilled