THE trouble with having an opponent that is under a new coach is that you have to do a lot of adjustments.
That’s exactly the problem facing the Alaska Aces when they play an NLEX team that’s sporting a new look with coach Yeng Guiao at the helm.
It can be recalled that the Aces were able to pull through against the then hot-and-cold Road Warriors during their last encounter in the last PBA Governors’ Cup.
Now, the Aces are facing a different NLEX team as they meet today in the main offering of an interesting doubleheader in the resumption of the Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“NLEX will be a different team under Coach Yeng (Guiao),” Alaska coach Alex Compton told People’s Journal yesterday.
“We know it will be a tough game for us and we have to completely rethink the way we have played them in the past,” added Compton.
The game is set at 7 p.m. after the 4:15 p.m. opening tussle pitting Mahindra and Globalport.
“We look forward to starting the All-Filipino with this tough challenge as our first game,” said Compton.
Fate seemed unkind for the Road Warriors who have not reached no farther than quarterfinals in their three-year campaign that started in 2014 under coach Boyet Fernandez. That, despite having formidable frontliners.
Now, hopefully things will change for the better under many-time champion mentor Guiao, the Rain or Shine coach who transferred to the team during off season.
The Road Warriors have undergone some changes in their lineup that now includes Bradwyn Guinto and Carlo Lastimosa whom the team acquired via trade, and rookie Alfonso Gotladera from the last PBA draft.
Meanwhile, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the PBA showed their commitment to continue working hand-in-hand for the sake of the national team.
The two cage bodies on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Agreement that formalized the commitment of the pro league to lend two players from each of its 12-member ballclubs to the Gilas Pilipinas pool.
Apart from the 12 Gilas cadets now playing the league, each team will be releasing to the national pool a player who coach Chot Reyes may deem necessary to suit up for the Philippine team.