It’s quite unusual to see the Alaska Aces struggling to get their first win. I couldn’t even remember the last time they started a season, or a conference for that matter, 0-4. It’s been quite a long time.
The 120-84 blowout loss they suffered against a very deep and talented Rain or Shine squad have sent them further below the team standings. But more alarming than that is the indecisiveness and negative body language that can be seen on the team.
Perhaps the coaching change really left the players in disarray, inside the court and maybe in the dugout as well. This is not to say that coach Joel Banal is incapable of leading them to victory or is the wrong pick to replace the great Tim Cone but maybe, he and the players need to build more trust on each other and that is more than learning the X’s and O’s that he’s applying this season. But all that will be fixed in time.
Another factor would be the struggles of L.A. Tenorio. Though the Alaska’s floor general played his best game, so far this season, his shooting woes are still hounding him as he is averaging less than 20% FGs. I’ve always believed wherever L.A. goes, Alaska goes. He is nursing an elbow injury which is affecting his shooting, thus far. But that too will be gone in time.
The season is still young and there’s still enough time to get their acts together but it has to start in getting the first “W.” They should snap out of this rut and wake up from their slump and that elusive first win will come at the perfect time.