The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters at 7:00 P.M. on January 31, 2018 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.
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The Aces are rolling like a ball of fire and looking for its five-game winning streak while the Fuel Masters wanted to extend its own version of winning streak to two.
Full court press will be the main flavor of tonight’s PBA scheduled game as both the masters of that mentioned defensive strategy will clash at the MOA Arena in the Wednesday’s main event.
Both coach Alex Compton and coach Louie Alas brought Alaska to several PBA Finals appearances because not of their player’s height advantage but their pesky defense. Now that the two is in a separate ball-clubs, fans are expecting similar game and loaded of excitement.
“Tough game for us as coach Louie (Alas) and coach Topex (Robinson) have been with me for three years and they know my values and what we teach,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
“I think it will be an exhausting battle for both teams and a really exciting game for the PBA fans,” added Compton, Alas’ main guy in his Manila Stars team in the defunct MBA.
The familiarity of coach Alas with Alaska can bring advantage to his side. He already anticipates what will coach Compton and the entire Aces team will bring this evening.
“Yung depensa nila makamay, medyo ganon ang gusto ng Alaska. So we have to adjust to it. We have to be strong and play above the physicality,” said Alas.
“We have to keep on playing, no whining. Ako na lang ang bahala sa complaints,” he added.
Doug Kramer and Justin Chua are the two legitimate front court players for Phoenix but despite their height not taller than 6’6″, the Fuel Masters are mastering the offensive boards this conference.
“They’re the best offensive rebounding team in the league,” noted Compton.
Apart from their coaches, for the first time in their professional career former DLSU teammates Jeron Teng and Jason Perkins will also go head-to-head. Both Teng and Perkins are the early contenders for the Rookie of the Year award.
Calvin Abueva is also set to return to action after spending time with Gilas Pilipinas practice.