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Weathering The Storm: PBA Opens Philippine Cup

The game of basketball is ever evolving. From the scientific trainings, improving of technical skills, to the implementation of mindboggling defense and offense, it has developed into a game of preparation, tactics and precision in execution. Gone were the days when things are just limited to a big man’s game, or solely depend on outside sniping to win games. The objective: to come up as the winning team regardless of the final score.

The opening of this year’s PBA Season beckons the start of a new dawn in Philippine Basketball. The 42-year old first professional basketball league in Asia has shown resiliency and grit as it weathered wave after wave of disputes and controversies that recently rocked its foundations. With the All-Filipino Cup currently underway and gaining ground, basketball fans in this part of the globe can breathe a sigh of relief especially since the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup (September 11 – October 12, 2023) will be hosted by the Philippines

It would seem that the All-Filipino Conference is the crown-jewel of the PBA Season since there are no foreign reinforcements (imports). That is probably why all of the teams have equal chances of vying for the coveted Philippine Cup Championship trophy. Some teams may have the slight edge due to a formidable core group, but those elements can be overcome by familiarity, composure, preparation and proper execution. Let us look into the teams and see how they will fare on the games ahead.

Alaska Aces

Practically fielding in an intact roster, the Alaska Aces can bare a deadly combination with a healthy Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel and Sonny Thoss in tow. Acquiring the likes of Jake Pascual and rookies Jeron Teng and Davon Potts, the Aces has added enough firepower especially with Casio, Banchero and Enciso dropping those long bombs along the way. Losing their first game against the solid Magnolia team showed some kinks in Alaska’s armor; mostly on passing errors and other turnovers. But the Aces are ready. Given more time to polish, Alaska is definitely one of the better teams to beat.

Blackwater Elite

Riding on a breakthrough season during the last PBA Governor’s Cup, the last minute acquisition of Allein Maliksi proved to be one of the brighter spots on the Elite roster. It is a no-brainer what reinforcement Bill Walker brought to the table, so it is up to the Blackwater locals to step up to the plate. Getting rookie-big man Raymar Jose on the recent draft would provide the much needed help around the much improved Poy Erram. With solid backcourts and scorers in DiGregorio, Cortez, Maliksi, and the comebacking Mac Belo, Blackwater Elite has what it takes to create waves in the league.

Ginebra San Miguel

The Never-Say_Die team has all the tools to extend their championship reign in the PBA. Contrary to what others may say, Ginebra does not only have its vaunted twin-towers in Aguilar and Slaughter, but it also has Devance, Jervy Cruz, Ferrer, Mariano, Raymond Aguilar and Art Dela Cruz. With backcourt and snipers rookie Jet Manuel, LA Tenorio, Caguioa, Mercado. Taha and Thomson in tow, Coach Tim Cone has all arsenals at his disposal on both offense and defense to lord it over the opposition.

Globalport Batang Pier

This team is not just the Terrence Romeo show. It has the chess pieces that can go toe to toe with what the best has to offer. They also have the height in the comebacking Yousef Taha, Nabong, Flores, Guinto and Gabayni to man the paint. Maybe what they lack on the wings can be compensated by its slew of marquee guards Stanley Pringle, Ryan Arana, Jonathan Grey, and Julian Sargent. Once they get into the groove of things, the Globalport Batang Pier will pose a big challenge to the opposition.

End of part 1 of 2.

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