Alaska eyes solo lead
RoS, San Miguel Beer seek first win
MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces are seeking their second-straight win in the PBA Governors' Cup when they square off against the GlobalPort Batang Pier on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces are looking to post an early lead in the season-ending tournament after conquering San Miguel Beermen, 94-87, last Sunday.
Former NBA player Henry Walker shone in that game for Alaska, tallying 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Aces coach Luigi Trillo said Walker is adjusting to the PBA’s brand of play after figuring in a pre-season scuffle that saw him being slapped with a P20,000 fine.
“I think Henry controlled more of his emotions,” Trillo said in the PBA website. “Ang problema nung preseason, napipikon sya. The style of play here is very physical. He needs to adjust, and when he adjusted, malaki yung naitulong nya sa team.”
GlobalPort, on the other hand, is still looking for its first win.
The Pido Jarencio-led Batang Pier lost its opening game against Ginebra on Tuesday, 71-89.
In the other PBA game, Rain or Shine and San Miguel Beer are also seeking to put a notch in the winning column.
They will battle in the main game scheduled at 8 p.m.
Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao said that it is crucial for them to start piling wins in the shortened tournament.
“We have to regroup and get behind our system. I don’t see the usual desire and determination that this team is known for. It’s really just getting back to finding our old character,” said Guiao.
A short-handed Rain or Shine bowed to giant slayer Air21, 96-103, last Tuesday.
The Beermen also succumbed to Alaska, 87-94, after leading for most part of the match.
“We look forward to starting strong, being aggressive and playing our defensive principles the entire 48 minutes,” said San Miguel Beer coach Biboy Ravanes.