Alaska to face Mahindra, Ginebra in back-to-back Dubai games


Posted at Nov 03 2015 08:41 PM | Updated as of Nov 03 2015 09:26 PM

Alaska's Vic Manuel leads his team to victory against Blackwater. Photo by Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- Alaska Milk will try to stay unbeaten when they face two different teams in two consecutive days at the Al Wasl Stadium in Dubai this weekend.

The Aces, which beat the Blackwater Elite last week, will first tackle Manny Pacquiao’s Mahindra Enforcers early Friday morning (12 midnight, Manila time) before taking on the Ginebra Gin Kings the next day.

Both Mahindra and Ginebra are out to end their slump, hopefully at Alaska’s expense.

PBA chief executive officer Chito Salud thanked the Alaska for its willingness to play back-to-back games for the Filipino community in the Middle East. Rain or Shine did a similar stint during the past PBA season.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Alaska Aces sa pagpayag nilang maglaro ng back-to-back official games. Alam kong gagawin nila ito para sa ating mga kababayan sa UAE,” Salud told the PBA website.

(READ: Castro steers Texters past pesky Enforcers)

Salud said the Dubai event is the league's way of paying tribute to the thousands of overseas Filipino workers based there.

“It is one of our ways of saying thank you to these countrymen of ours who endure loneliness and at times, even hostile working conditions to be able to support their families back home and of course country through their remittances,” he said.

Both Mahindra and Ginebra will surely be motivated, having suffered defeats in their first two games.

Alaska, meanwhile, already racked two victories over Talk ‘N Text (114-98) and Blackwater (87-79).

Fans will also get the chance to see Pacquiao, who has joined Mahindra in Dubai.

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