The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NLEX Road Warriors at 4:30 P.M. on February 11, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A rare seven-game winning streak is what the Aces are after at the end of their curtain-raiser schedule while the Road Warriors are also seeking to stretch their winning momentum to three.
After a slumping four-game losing skid, the Road Warriors found life and now have better chances to qualify the next round of the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup.
“Pahirap ng pahirap ‘yung laro. We have another game on Sunday,” said Guiao after their come-from-behind win against the Meralco Bolts.
It’s been two straight in a row that NLEX orchestrated a late comeback and then stole a win. Their first victim was Barangay Ginebra San Miguel then few last Friday it was coach Norman Black’s Bolts.
Although they’ve collected more wins, coach Yeng Guiao don’t like how they end their game.
“Good thing we recovered, but I don’t like winning this way,” admitted Guiao. “Too pressure-packed, too tension-filled. It’s good for the fans, but it’s bad for the coaches.”
Unlike the Road Warriors that made a back-to-back wins during the start of the All-Filipino conference, the Aces began their 43rd PBA season with two straight losses. Then the Aces suddenly found renewed strenght and now on fire with their six straight victories.
In their last game versus the GlobalPort Batang Pier, the Aces was forced to go to overtime in order to secure the win.
This game will also feature two of the promising rookies, NLEX will have Kiefer Ravena while the Aces will sport Jeron Teng.