first_imgValdez, Maraño, Gonzaga ready to bring experience to nat’l team “Octavius had to take care of a family emergency and we don’t get in the way of family man so we respect him and wish the best for him,” Compton told INQUIRER.net on Wednesday after practice. “There’s a bit of a challenge. That’s just part of import conferences that you gotta get somebody else.”“I’m working to get somebody here. It looks like we have a guy but I just don’t call somebody and say hop on a plane, be here tomorrow. It’s a little bit more extensive than that,” Compton added. “But we do have a guy we like that we’re working and hopefully we can get that process done and get him here as soon as we can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe replacement import, whom Compton refused to name, is expected to arrive in Manila on Thursday.Compton, though, doesn’t want to speak too soon. MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Alaska will be bringing in a new import just days away from its opening game in the Commissioner’s Cup after Octavius Ellis had to head home due to a family emergency.Although the Aces have already secured a backup to replace Ellis, head coach Alex Compton said the real challenge is getting enough time for the new import to adjust right with three days away from Saturday’s game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments “I’ll know it when we pick him up from the airport and I see that he’s got two working legs and he’s good, but right now, we’re working on somebody. Like I said, the turnaround time for these things isn’t overnight. It’s a process,” he said.Veteran swingman Dondon Hontiveros also hopes the import won’t have a hard time in learning Alaska’s system.“We just lost our import because of personal matters and he has to attend to family matters and that’s the challenge we’re facing right now,” Hontiveros said.“We only have a few days left before our first game and it would be hard for the import to do everything with only a few days before the first game. But hopefully, with our system it’s just going to be easy for him to adjust. Guys are really willing to help.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spotlast_img read more