The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a best-of-three series against the NLEX Road Warriors at 7:00 P.M. on March 7, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Calvin Abueva and the rest of the Aces will attempt to stop their opponent on moving to the semis while Kiefer Ravena and his entire Road Warriors ball-club wanted to end the series and start preparing for the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
In the Yeng Guiao-Kiefer Ravena era, NLEX has finally ended their seven playoffs losing streak and now looking good as the Road Warriors will try to close their Quarterfinals doors and moved to the semis.
Also known as “the Phenom”, Ravena dropped 25 points and dished out eight assists in Game 1. His pass to Denok Miranda in the final quarter was the big difference in the ball-game as they break the tied score at 96-all.
Larry Fonacier who also went on fire from the rainbow territory added 18 points which includes a rare four-point play. Kevin Alas chipped in with 17 points who joined Ravena in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter to seal the deal.
“I’m just relieved that Game One is over – that’s the good news. The bad news is we have to go through this again,” said Guiao.
“Perhaps, it would be harder on Wednesday. Of course, we have an advantage. But against Alaska, they’ve been through a lot more difficult situations, and they’ve come out of those pretty good. We have to find out where we can improve,” Guiao also said.
Alaska’s coach Alex Compton on the other hand will try to re-calibrate his team in order to take Game 2 which is scheduled tonight.
“NLEX is a tough and talented team. We will have to be great defensively from start to finish and make great decisions with the basketball,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.