PBA Philippine Cup

Playoff-bound Alaska ‘lucky to have’ Rodney Brondial

Delfin Dioquino
Playoff-bound Alaska ‘lucky to have’ Rodney Brondial

Rodney Brondial. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso says Rodney Brondial is 'super reliable' no matter how many minutes he is asked to play

Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso sang Rodney Brondial praises as the big man played his best game in the PBA Philippine Cup – a win that secured the Aces a place in the playoffs.

Brondial scored a conference-best 16 points to go with 10 rebounds as Alaska survived NorthPort, 102-94, on Friday, November 6, for its sixth victory in 10 games.

“Rodney was awesome today, right? That is the good thing about Rodney – he is reliable, super reliable, whether he comes in and plays 10 minutes or we ask him to play 35 minutes,” Cariaso said.

Brondial saw action for nearly 24 minutes and repaid the trust given by Cariaso as he came up big in the final quarter for the Aces.

He scored 10 fourth-quarter points, including the free throws that settled the score, and hauled down 4 offensive rebounds in the period.

It was the first time in the conference that Brondial scored in double figures as he raised his averages to 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds.

“When he is in there, he really makes a positive impact for us. He is such a team player, very unselfish, that is why we’re lucky to have him,” Cariaso said of Brondial.

Brondial was part of the trade that sent him and Robbie Herndon to Alaska in exchange for Chris Banchero, who got shipped to Magnolia.

If Cariaso is to be asked, Brondial is playing the way he envisioned the 6-year pro to play.

“That was how I [foresaw] Rodney when we were thinking about trading for him,” Cariaso said. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.