The Dyip are looking to end their two-game losing skid while the Aces wanted to make a bounce back game after not-so-good performance in its 44th PBA debut few days ago.
Without Vic Manuel, Jayvee Casio, Simon Enciso and Kevin Racal in the lineup of Alaska as they are sidelined due to injuries, coach Alex Compton needs to find a scorer from his roster.
That guy at least in their season opening game was Jeron Teng.
Teng who was the main-man of the DLSU Green Archers in UAAP and now on his second year with the Aces registered 15 points.
Yet, his manufactured points not enough to convert into a “W” against the tournament’s second in the standings, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
Coach Alex Compton considered their today’s match as a “great test”. They’ll be meeting a team which usually finished last in the tournament but currently sporting a new identity.
“Tomorrow will be a great test for us as they are playing well and dangerous and we are still quite rusty.”
“Watching Columbian I agree with (NLEX) coach Yeng (Guiao) that this team is for real,” said Compton the day before their scheduled game.
Yet, they failed to show that at least in their latest assignment, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
Today, they have the chance to regain that respect as they’ll be meeting the last year’s Governors’ Cup finalist.