Ali Peek

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Ali Peek
Personal information
Born (1975-02-13) February 13, 1975 (age 42)
Hawaii, United States
Nationality Filipino / American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
College Saint Mary's (1992–1995)
PBA draft 1998 Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Pop Cola Panthers
Playing career 1998–2014
Position Center
Number 4
Career history
As player:
1998–2000 Pop Cola Panthers
2001–2004 Alaska Aces
2004–2007 Coca-Cola Tigers
2008–2010 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2010 Sta. Lucia Realtors
2010–2014 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
As coach:
2015 Laguna BUSA Warriors (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
  • 6x PBA champion (2003 Invitational Cup, 2008-09 Philippine Cup, 2010-11 Philippine Cup, 2011 Commissioner's Cup, 2011-12 Philippine Cup, and 2012-13 Philippine Cup)
  • PBA All-Star (19992001, 2004, 2006)
  • PBA Mythical First Team (2001)
  • PBA Mythical Second Team (2011)
  • PBA Invitational Cup Best Player of the Conference (2003)
  • PBA Sportmsmanship Award (2008)

Albert Henry "Ali" Peek (born February 13, 1975) is a Filipino-American retired professional basketball player.[2] During his playing days, he played mostly at the center position, although he is also used as a power forward occasionally.

College[edit]

He played for St. Mary’s College varsity team that represented and won for the United States the 1994 R. Williams Jones Cup championship in Taipei.[3]

PBL[edit]

In 1996, he played with AMA Cybertigers, as a 21-year-old amateur player in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

PBA career[edit]

Peek entered the PBA in 1998 after being drafted third overall by the now-defunct Pop Cola Panthers. Because of his height, standing only at 6 ft 4, despite his perceived presence in the low post as a top player in the PBA and judging by his stats, he remains not to be selected by the Philippine national team. He was the Panther's leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker.

At the start of the 2001-02 PBA season, he was traded along with Jon Ordonio, to the rebuilding Alaska Aces for then-Alaska franchise player Johnny Abarrientos and Poch Junio. During his time with the Aces, Peek's career blossomed despite the team falling short of winning a championship. In his first two years with the Aces, Alaska's decision to go "younger" paid off. Surrounded by talented youngsters John Arigo, Mike Cortez and Brandon Cablay during the 2003-04 Season, Peek won Best Player of the Conference honors in the 2003 Invitational Cup including a championship against his former team which is, during that time, named the Coca-Cola Tigers. He was also included in the Mythical first team twice.

During the third conference of the 2004-05 Season, Peek was traded back along with John Arigo [4] to his former team, the Coca-Cola Tigers in exchange for former Alaska player Jeffrey Cariaso and Reynel Hugnatan.

In the 2007-08 Season, the Tigers traded Peek and a first round draft pick to Talk N Text in exchange for disgruntled star Asi Taulava.

Before the 2010-11 PBA Season ended, the Sta.Lucia Realtors announced that the team had been put on sale and Peek was dealt to the Realtors in a controversial trade [5] that involved Sta. Lucia stars Kelly Williams and Ryan Reyes. Peek played the few remaining games in Sta. Lucia before going back to Talk N Text at the start of the 2011-12 PBA Season.

On November 7, 2011, Peek was shot in the neck by an unidentified gunman at the parking lot of the RFM Sports Center in Pioneer in Mandaluyong City.[6] He was rushed to the hospital and was out of danger. He has since returned to active play from the incident.

On February 26, 2014, Ali Peek announced on Twitter his retirement from the PBA. Peek played for about 16 years in the league.[7][8][9] He currently works as a color commentator in the league.

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