The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 4:30 P.M. on February 4, 2018 live from the Ynares Center-Antipolo.
The Aces is one of the hottest teams so far this All-Filipino conference with their five-game winning streak and looking for more as they tangle against Batang Pier a team that is looking for back-to-back advantages.
Calvin Abueva who was out versus the Blackwater Elite last January 27 to join a Gilas Pilipinas practice returned in the PBA hardcourt against the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters and immediately his presence was felt.
Abueva who is now sporting a new jersey number 88 logged 21 points and 15 rebounds against Louie Alas, one of his coaches in Alaska Aces who is now lead bench tactician in Phoenix.
Likewise the 2010 first overall pick Noy Baclao also back in Alaska lineup and his presence in the middle was a big help for coach Alex Compton.
“Noy came in and gave us a shot blocking presence that we never had. We missed him,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton after the Phoenix game. “I thought he was great tonight.”
GlobalPort will continue to miss the scoring abilities of Terrence Romeo but there are reports that he will be back in action by next week. Coach Pido Jarencio will still rely his offense from Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony.
In their previous outing against the Meralco Bolts, GlobalPort found few more scoring threats from their bench. Kelly Nabong who is known as a role player ripped his former team with his 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Also, Jonathan Grey another former Bolts scored 24 points and was sharp from the field as he converted 57% of his shots.