MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces look to extend their winning streak to four games against the slumping Brgy. Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
The Aces, bolstered by rookie Calvin Abueva, are enjoying a three-game winning streak while the perennial crowd favorites Ginebra are mired in a three-game slump.
"It's nice to have this run," Alaska head coach Luigi Trillo said in PBA.ph. "The last time we had this was July 2010, when we had Jason Forte as our import."
"It's a baby step but it’s really nice to have it. Of course, we want to keep doing what we’re doing right. For one, we'll continue to work hard on defense," he added.
Abueva has been a major contributor to Alaska’s success, as the former NCAA MVP has tallied a double-double in his first two games as a pro.
The Aces now have a 3-2 record and seem to have found their rhythm after encountering difficulties in the previous PBA season.
Ginebra head coach Siot Tanquingcen said he is expecting a difficult game against the Aces.
"They're enjoying tremendous momentum," he pointed out. "We have to dish out our A-game to stop them."
The Kings have lost their last three contests after winning their first two games of the conference.
The Aces and Kings tip off at 7:30 pm.
In the first game, San Mig Coffee and Barako Bull eye bounce back games at each other's expense.
The Mixers come into the game with a two-game losing streak after seeing some of their main players go down due to injury.
Meanwhile, Barako Bull is also aiming to rebound after a close loss to Talk 'N Text last week.