MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces are looking to break out from a 3-game slump when they play against fan favorites Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Aside from trying to end the skid, Alaska also seeks to defend its fifth spot in the standings when it meets Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
According to PBA.ph, the Aces now sport a 5-5 card, while the Gin Kings are just a win behind with 4-5.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said Ginebra seems to be a very dangerous foe following the Kings’ victories over GlobalPort and Talk ‘N Text.
“If you think about it we’re lucky because Ginebra was not at its best the first time we played them. Their chemistry was not there. I think it’s there now,” said Trillo.
Calvin Abueva scored 19 points, while Jvee Casio added 16 markers when they manhandled the Gin Kings, 87-69, in their previous encounter.
Game time is at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Petron Blaze Boosters are gunning for a follow up win after a 96-86 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
The Boosters will face GlobalPort Batang Pier on Sunday’s curtain raiser.
Prior to its win over Rain or Shine, Petron was on a 3-game slide.
"It feels good to finally win after three games. We needed this (win) badly not only for the standings but more for confidence," said Racela in a separate PBA.ph report.
But the Batang Pier are hungry fro a victory, having lost their last 5 games.
To finish among the Top 8 in the eliminations, they must make their move against the Boosters.
"We just have to be aggressive, stay positive and don't mind our standing, keep working hard and enjoy," said GlobalPort coach Glenn Capacio.