Compton knows they wouldn’t be able to stop Magnolia’s dynamic backcourt duo, but they will still set out to come close to doing that.Alaska will try to snap a five-year title drought, while Magnolia will be looking to win its first title after the Tim Cone era, who guided the Hotshots (then known as the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers) to a Grand Slam in 2013-2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Banchero’s condition is a little worse, but Vargas believes it will heal in time for the series opener at Mall of Asia Arena.“They have spasms, but Chris’ condition, the injury being in the groin, makes it difficult for him to move laterally,” Vargas said. “We have to slowly break him in to not risk aggravating his condition.”Banchero is the Aces’ leading assists man, “he’s our main creator,” Compton said.Paul Lee and Marc Barroca were match-up problems for Ginebra’s big roster, with the Hotshots punishing the Kings every time the crowd favorites went big.Ginebra coach Tim Cone admitted he had to limit Greg Slaughter’s minutes because the 7-footer found it difficult playing at such a breakneck pace. When they couldn’t impose their size, they became easier pickings for Chito Victolero’s crew.ADVERTISEMENT Coaches Alex Compton of Alaska (left) and Chito Victolero of Magnolia let it all hang out during the PBA Finals press conference on Tuesday. PBA IMAGESMagnolia advanced to the Finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup using its speed to dismantle hulking Barangay Ginebra in the Final Four.It’s safe to say that the Hotshots will not veer away from their recipe of success when they collide in a best-of-seven series with the Alaska Aces starting Dec. 5 to determine the season-ending conference champion.ADVERTISEMENT Azkals out to end years of heartache versus Thais Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown That is why Aces coach Alex Compton is not taking any chances in allowing injuries to guards Chris Banchero and JV Casio to heal, saying they “will take their time.”The duo will be an integral part in matching up with the Hotshots’ deadly speed, Compton reiterated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“They are super important,” Compton told the Inquirer over the phone on Tuesday afternoon after the Aces’ first practice this week sans Banchero and Casio. “Those are guys we’ve relied on (throughout the conference).”Casio’s feared hamstring pull near the end of Game 4 against the Gin Kings is not that bad, according to Alaska head athletic trainer Gus Vargas. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Following the conclusion of Village Council elections throughout Region Two (Supenaam-Pomeroon), two toshaos have retained their positions while seven new village leaders have been sworn in to represent the residents in their communities.Toshao Sherman Lyte (long sleeve brown shirt) and his council in KabakaburiToshao Sherman Lyte (long sleeve brown shirt) and his council in KabakaburiRalph Hendricks has been elected the new Toshao of Capoey, replacing Melrose Henry; while Philbert Gudge has replaced Harold Marslowe as Toshao of Bethany.In Wakapao, Howard Cornelius has replaced Errol Williams as Toshao. The new Toshao of St. Monica/Karawab is Thomas Charles, who has replaced James Miguel; while Michael Samuels has been elected his deputy.After the votes had been counted in Kabakaburi, it was determined that Sherman Lyte has been elected to replace former Toshao Cleveland Simon. Aubrey Fredricks took the title of Toshao of St. Deny’s in Tapakuma, thus replacing former Toshao James Schadde.David Wilson retained by a landslide his position as Toshao of Akawini. Wilson has pledged to continue efforts to develop his community; while Mashabo Toshao Sylvin Raphael has also retained his position.The Region Two Administration has said it expects the elected toshaos and their councils to provide efficient and effective management that will ensure the development of their respective communities.