Both teams are poised to get the number one spot after Barangay Ginebra San Miguel absorbed its second defeat yesterday in Lucena.
The streaking Hotshots are looking to make five-game straight wins while the Aces wanted to build their own winning streak to three when PBA resumes at the Big Dome this evening.
For the first time after his return to the PBA, Magnolia’s import Romeo Travis will face his former team where he helped to reach the 2015 Governors’ Cup Finals and where he won his first Best Import award.
Knowing Travis style of game is one of the advantage of coach Alex Compton but Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero that his squad isn’t only focused to LeBron James high school teammate.
“Of course, kilalang-kilala si Romeo ng dati niyang team. But it’s not Romeo against anybody in the Alasa team. We’re working as a team,” said Victolero.
Compton also agree to that statement as he see the chemistry of his former import with his new team.
“Romeo Travis is a very intelligent import who fits perfectly in their system. Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Jio Jalalon and Ian Sangalang are all Gilas veterans for a reason, so we will need to be extremely sharp on both sides,” Compton said.
Although the Aces don’t have Travis on their side, they were able to pick up another foreign hire who is a potential Best Import Award recipient for this conference.
Mike Harris is currently beasting on offense and on the rebounding ends. After they got beaten by the Barangay Ginebra prior to their month-long break, Harris seems found his groove in the PBA.
Against San Miguel Beermen and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, the former NBA player averaged 37.
5 points and 22.5 rebounds.