Alaska refutes rumors of PBA exit, says it’s here to stay

The Alaska Aces have released a statement, refuting rumors that it was leaving the country’s professional basketball league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Although the Aces have the second-most number of championships in the league since 1986 with 14, it is going through an extended title drought, not having won a championship since the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.

That has helped fuel rumors that the franchise was going to be sold to Chooks-to-Go. However, Alaska’s official statement shot down all of that.

“Alaska is a proud organization that is pillared by HARD WORK, INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, and COMMUNITY SERVICE,” the statement read.

“Alaska is eager for the season to resume and is will be ready for battle. More importantly, Alaska is staying the course to show that our team will always contribute to the welfare of the league, and be part of the good to make a better world through our passion for basketball,” the statement added.

Alaska is one of the league’s most storied franchises, dating back to its days carrying the Hills Brothers brand in 1986. However, its most unforgettable moment came in 1996 when the team, which was then bannered by the likes of Johnny Abarrientos, Jojo Lastimosa and Bong Hawkins, became just the third team in league history to win a “grand slam.” (JNP)