Team captain Tony dela Cruz provided maturity and guidance to the Alaska Aces. (Photo Credit: Paul Ryan Tan, AKTV on IBC13)

Team captain Tony dela Cruz provided maturity and guidance to the Alaska Aces. (Photo Credit: Paul Ryan Tan, AKTV on IBC13)

Expectations

There was one major expectation from team captain Tony dela Cruz: to be the on-court team leader. Aside from that, he was also expected to be a solid part of Alaska’s defense. As one of the more veteran players, he is now playing a supporting role to his newer teammates.

Positives

Tony dela Cruz provides maturity as ­the on-court leader of the Alaska Aces. ­He’s a smart and credible player coach on the floor who can really knock down those mid-range jump shots. In the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup, he served as a reliable  reliever for Cyrus Baguio and Dondon Hontiveros. ­

Negatives

Aside from the triple he buried in Game 4 of the semi-finals series against SMC, he can pretty much only shoot mid-range jumpers. In the last conference, he was a ­liability in defense and had some difficulty guarding younger players. He also didn’t show much aggressiveness and barely put up any layups.

Grade: 4

As a veteran player who averaged 18.68 minutes in the conference, he had a responsibility to contribute to Alaska’s defense and hit the occasional three-pointer/layup. He definitely needs to improve and add variety to his shooting in order to be able to keep up.

 


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Alaska Aces Approval Ratings
ALA_Reyes ALA_Jazul ALA_Espinas ALA_DelaCruz ALA_Hontiveros
Rapahel Reyes RJ Jazul Gabby Espinas Tony Dela Cruz Dondon Hontiveros
ALA_Thoss ALA_Abueva
Sonny Thoss Calvin Abueva