Alaska out to seal semis berth vs. San Mig
Alaska's Robert Dozier drives to the basket against San Mig Coffee's James Mays. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces are looking to wrap up their quarter-finals match-up against the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers when they tangle in Game 2 of their best-of-three PBA Commissioners Cup series Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska defeated San Mig in Game 1, 86-77, to take one more step towards a slot in the semi-finals.
They are looking to seal that Final Four berth when they gun for a seventh consecutive victory, as well as a third straight win over the Coffee Mixers.
“One-zero in a best-of-three series is huge,” Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo told PBA.ph. “It’s not a guarantee that you can win it, but it puts you in a good position.”
“The team (San Mig Coffee) is tired,” Trillo observed. “They’ve won back-to-back championships, and we know that they’re hurting.”
“All we’ve done is we’ve gotten closer, but it still takes two to knock them out. We know it’s going to get harder.”
Rob Dozier starred in Game 1 with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and the Aces held the Mixers scoreless for six minutes in the final round.
San Mig Coffee import James Mays, Marc Pingris, James Yap and Justin Melton all played in Game 1 despite suffering injuries, but it was not enough as the Mixers lost a fourth consecutive game.