The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Kia Picanto at 4:30 P.M. on January 14, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces are looking to start a winning streak and make back-to-back victories today while the Picanto still figuring out how to stop the its losing skid way back from 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Newly appointed head coach of Kia Ricky Dandan was greeted by Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok with a 47-point blowout game. Prior to their game against Magnolia was also a blowout game versus the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters.
“I feel that I have been coaching here forever. It’s tiring, I feel very tired,” Dandan admitted after the game. “I tried to encourage our guys to make a comeback, tried to use the line-up obviously to no avail. But we have to move on.”
coincidentally, coach Dandan will face Alex Compton in their 4:30 PM match in the Big Dome. Compton was coached by Dandan in Manila Metrostars of the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) wayback in the late 90’s.
“He was my first coach (Manila Metrostars). It’s interesting how life works,” said the Alaska mentor. “When he stopped being my coach, I was fighting with him because I want him to fight being my coach. I want him to keep being my coach. But we become good friends and colleagues later,” Compton added.
For his Aces, they have ended their losing skid in their last outing against the undermanned Meralco Bolts. Calvin Abueva was once again beasting especially in hustle plays delivering 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
However, it was noticeable that rookie Jeron Teng played below his scoring average with only 8 points after he exploded with 28 markers against the TNT KaTropa.
Davon Potts made his first PBA debut after he earned his minutes from the Aces coaching staff. As expected, his style of play is similar to what Abueva brings to the court. Potts logged four points and a rebound.