The Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup goes to the United Arab Emirates today with a game between the Alaska Aces and the Mahindra Enforcers at the Al Wasl Stadium in Dubai.
The Aces, under coach Alex Compton will take on the Enforcers under playing-coach Manny Pacquiao at 8 p.m. (12 midnight Philippine time) before playing against the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Saturday at the same time and venue.
Alaska, now holding a 2-0 win-loss record after beating Talk ‘N Text and Blackwater, seeks to sustain its winning streak in Dubai. Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, Jayvee Casio, Chris Banchero, Dondon Hontiveros, Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul are expected to step up for the Aces.
Mahindra and Ginebra are yet to post a win after three games.
The Enforcers are expected to bank on LA Revilla, Nino Canaleta, Aldrich Ramos, Mark Yee, Hyram Bagatsing, Karl Dehesa and veteran Eddie Laure in battling the Aces.
The Gin Kings under grand slam coach Tim Cone, keen on bouncing back from a frustrating loss to Barako Bull last Saturday, will be led by Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Ellis, LA Tenorio and Mark Caguioa.
Mahindra lost to leading team Rain or Shine, 108-94, last October 25 and Talk ‘N Text, 101-97, last Saturday.
Besides Mahindra and Ginebra, Meralco is also still winless after two games.