Something to prove

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In the second game, Phoenix battles Meralco as the Fuel Masters hope to finally break through this season.However, coach Louie Alas isn’t ready to measure his squad against the top teams of the league just yet.Right now, he wants to look at the squads his team is realistically competitive against.“We must be able to beat teams we are supposed to beat,” Alas said in Filipino during the PBA’s recent media day.“That’s where we will start.”Phoenix goes into a second season with Calvin Abueva now fully absorbed into its system and with additions Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, Alas feels he has the pieces to finally take it to the big guns of the league.“We’re deeper now,” Alas said. “So I guess this season, we can really compete.”Alas, however, is grounding himself in reality—at least for now.“San Miguel, Ginebra, Purefoods and Alaska, those are real elite teams. We will try to compete as hard as we can against them,” said Alas. “But right now, the test will be to beat the teams that are in the same level as we are in. I’m not saying we’re better than the rest of the field. But we should be able to win the games we have to win against them.” Alkhaldi eyes gold this time Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 But he doesn’t feel the pressure, just the challenge.“At this point, all I really want to gain is the experience,” Desiderio told the Inquirer during the recent PBA media day.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 ChrissHe knows he has to find his niche in Blackwater coach Bong Ramos’ system, a search that should be easier after the Elite dealt away Paul Zamar.Desiderio fits the Zamar profile. He is a gutsy playmaker who isn’t afraid to take shots. Even when he isn’t making them, he has enough self-faith to call game winners.center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Now if he can only earn the minutes to prove he can knock down big-time shots in the pros.“I spoke with coach Bong and he told me I will get my chance to prove myself,” Desiderio said in Filipino.He promises he hasn’t lost an ounce of the confidence and swagger that endeared him to a school that finally crawled out of collegiate basketball’s underbelly.“I’m going to be the same player,” said Desiderio. “What Blackwater is going through is the same as what UP went through when I was there. So I’m going to do my best to do with Blackwater what I helped achieve in UP.”Blackwater will unveil Desiderio at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Elite make their Philippine Cup debut against NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For someone picked fourth in a draft that was supposedly lacking in depth, Paul Desiderio will have some of the spotlight trained on him.Most of it will be residue sheen from his stint with University of the Philippines in the UAAP, where he capped a career that took on folk hero proportions by leading the Maroons to their first Finals stint in decades.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more