4:15 p.m. --Alaska vs. Talk ‘N Text
7 p.m.-- NLEX vs. Rain or Shine
ALASKA takes on Talk ‘N Text while NLEX collides with Rain or Shine in a pair of interesting matches in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Aces meet the Tropang Texters in the first tussle at 4:15 p.m., hoping they could flash the same intensity they had when they blasted Barangay Ginebra last Dec. 18.
The Aces dominated the Kings all gamelong, building lead in the opening quarter by as many as 27-15 which swelled as the game wore on, something that really surprised Alaska coach Alex Compton.
“Am actually a little surprised with the result,” uttered Compton moments after the Aces’ 101-86 spanking of the Gin Kings last Dec. 18 in a game where RJ Jazul exploded with 16 points for Alaska.
“I really thought there were large stretches in the half court,” added Compton, even as he made it clear it was their defense which keyed their victory over the Kings.
“We did a really good job defensively. Our defensive energy carried us (to victory),I am so proud of our guys,” stressed Compton.
Whether the Aces could flash the same intensity is something worth looking forward to, especially since they are playing a TNT team that’s also looking for back-to-back wins after beating Phoenix, 117-98, last Dec. 16.
The Aces and the Texters are currently in a five-way logjam for third to seventh places among Rain or Shine, Star and Globalport at 3-2.
This means, the winner will gain a share of the second spot with Blackwater which had pole-vaulted anew near the top after beating NLEX last 14, 96-85.
The Road Warriors meanwhile face Rain or Shine in the main offering at 7 p.m. in what is going to be an uncomfortable face-off between NLEX coach Yeng Guiao and his former team.
The Road Warriors and the Elasto Painters have contrasting fates this kickoff conference, with the former still looking to get in top shape to avoid getting stranded at the bottom of the standings.
The Road Warriors defeated Alaska, 99-97, in their first game in the kickoff conference last Nov. 25.
Since then, they have never won again in their last four outings.