The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NorthPort Batang Pier at 1 PM on November 6, 2020, live from the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
In their recently concluded match against the Barangay Ginebra, Alaska had no answer to Stanley Pringle’s 31-point detonation that eventually led to their vanquished, 87-81.
Alaska led by as many as 13 in the first half, 29-16, after Rodney Brondial’s three-pointer, but Ginebra was able to bridge the gap to three, 31-28 after Pringle netted his 20th point of the game. The Aces took a 40-34 lead to the locker room.
The second half is a different story, however, this time favoring the Gin Kings that eventually led to the stoppage of back-to-back wins for Jeffrey Cariaso-coached Aces. With few games left to play in the PBA bubble, Alaska, currently having a 5-4 win-loss record, requires at least one more win to secure a quarterfinals berth.
“Our last two games are going to be tough games, but again, we still control our own destiny. And when you have that, it’s a little bit of a plus. Now we just have to go out there and perform,” said coach Jeff Cariaso.
Meanwhile, despite a massive 20-4 run unleashed by Ginebra to seize control right in the closing minutes of the second quarter, the Batang Pier still hung around.
After falling behind by 19 points twice in the fourth quarter, Coach Pido Jarencio’s charges even came battling back. However, NorthPort would come no closer as Japeth Aguilar, Thompson, Tenorio and Aljon Mariano came up with the points that kept the Batang Pier at bay.
Christian Standhardinger and Kevin Ferrer led NorthPort with 23 points apiece. Garvo Lanete, Renzo Subido, and Jervy Cruz gave significant contributions, but those were still not enough to prevent NorthPort from absorbing its second straight loss that kept it at 11th spot on a 1-6 slate.