Alaska aims to keep its hold of the second spot when it clashes against the popular Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings today in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces and the Gin King will meet in the 7 p.m. second game after the Mahindra Enforcers vs Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters match at the 4:15 p.m.
“Ginebra is playing great basketball right now,” Alaska coach Alex Compton told The Manila Times via text message on Tuesday. “They have a great import and they are starting to get more and more comfortable in the way they play. Our defensive pressure and ability to give them different looks will be crucial.”
After losing their first game to Blackwater (101-107), the Aces established a three-game winning streak after beating Talk ‘N Text (108-100), Rain or Shine (128-102) and Phoenix (105-89) for a 3-1 win-loss record.
“It should be a fun and exciting game for the fans.”
Import Shane Edwards that led Alaska in its past three wins is expected to do the same thing against Ginebra.
The Gin Kings, on the other side, got a huge performance from import Othyus Jeffers in the last two games resulting in a 3-2 win-loss record.
“The last time we played Alaska seems like ages ago. It was in Dubai and we got them on the second of back to back games and we barely won,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “No doubt, Alaska is one of the elite teams of the league and if we want to get to the next level, we’ll have to go through them.”
“That’s a tough hurdle to leap over.”
The Enforcers, who are holding a 3-2 win-loss record, will bank on local players Karl Dehesa, LA Revilla, Nino Canalete, Aldrech Ramos and rookie Bradwyn Guinto.
The Fuel Masters just won their first game before losing their last three games resulting in a 1-3 win-loss record.
Import Kevin Pinkney, locals JC Intal, Josh Urbiztondo, Ryan Roose Garcia, Mac Baracael, Chico Lanete and Eman Monfort are expected to step up for Phoenix.