THE long break isn't going to be an excuse for Alaska not to fully contend for a PBA title.
Consistent with the franchise's winning tradition, coach Jeff Cariaso expects the Aces to be at their best once the season finally resumes.
"We expect to compete," said Cariaso. "Each and every night we're going to compete and give our best."
Of course, everything begins at practice. And the Aces are among the teams that are really actively working out even through online training brought about by the current health crisis.
The regular grueling routine, according to Cariaso, should serve the team well especially with the players' workouts expected to commence this week.
"You bring that attitude to practice and you bring that attitude to the game," said the 47-year-old Alaska coach.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the league to indefinitely shut down its operations, Alaska was looking to stretch the gains it earned from the last Governors Cup when it reached the playoffs as the seventh seeded squad despite a slow start to its campaign under Cariaso for the first time.
Hopes were high for the revitalized Aces until the season suspension came.
"I think what's nice about our combination now is that we have a good group, young, in the middle of their careers (players), and a few veterans who are still expected to be solid contributors for us," said Cariaso.
"Kumbaga yung combination namin in regard sa lineup is a lot more balance," he added. Yes, we expect to do well."
And so the 'Drive to 15' is on for Alaska. (RG, PBA WEBSITE))