The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a best-of-three series against the NLEX Road Warriors at 4:30 P.M. on March 5, 2018 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.
The eliminations round is over and the playoffs brackets are now set. Both the Aces and the Road Warriors will test waters of the second round and dictate their fortunes for driving deep in the competition.
The first time these two teams played against each other this 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup was last February 11. The Road Warriors went victorious with the final score, 96-89.
Raul Soyud, Larry Fonacier and Kevin Alas each scored 15 points in that outing while NLEX’s prized rookie Kiefer Ravena added 12 points for the winning ball-club.
Ravena who is one of the early favorites to win the Rookie of the Year honors played below his average performance in their game against Talk ‘N Text KaTropa Texters.
“I’ll learn from it for sure and it’s something that’s not with me,” Ravena said. “Alam ko naman na I can make better decisions than that. And you know, kung mabigyan man ng tiyansa tumira yung kakampi ko or team ko, mali ko yun and we learn from that,” he added.
The second overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft only logged just a single point and was only given a 12 minutes of playing time.
“Coach Yeng is really like that. Lahat naman kami alam namin na he just cares for us and wants to learn and know how to play real basketball,” he said.
After their horrible 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup campaign, coach Alex Compton and his Alaska Aces got renewed strenght as they comeback strong this All-Filipino conference.
The Aces is the owner of longest winning streak this current tournament with six straight. However, in contrast, they also have the longest losing streak against NLEX after coach Yeng Guiao took over the coaching role.
Probably that’s one of the goals being set by Alaska is to end that losing skid as well as moving to the semis.