The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 7:00 P.M. on April 27, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Both the Aces and the Elasto Painters will start their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign when the league resumes tonight. These teams were also the finalist two years ago in the same conference.
After coach Yeng Guiao left Rain or Shine, the franchise seems lost its footing and the once formidable squad in the league became an average team. Not only their coach but other key players went to different ball-clubs and their campaign last season was not that fruitful.
However, in the last 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup, coach Caloy Garcia has already figured out how to take back their old winning ways. Although they had an early exit in All-Filipino but their win-loss record improved compared the previous year. They owned the third spot in the standings behind the first conference finalists the San Miguel Beermen and the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
Speaking of bringing back Elasto Painters old form, Beau Belga seems like he will have a new partner inside the post and reprise the popular “Extra Rice Inc.” tandem. Rain or Shine will parade Reggie Johnson, a 6’10 and 290 lbs behemoth. He was the 2016 World Import MVP of the ASEAN Basketball League.
On the other hand, the Aces campaign during the All-Filipino looks very promising as most of its players are now healthy compared to the previous year. The Aces are one of the two teams (the other is Magnolia) that made a rare five-game winning streak during the eliminations round. Unfortunately, they got swept by the rejuvenated NLEX Road Warriors in the Quarterfinals round.
Alaska has chosen to have a young import in the name of Antonio Campbell. The 23-years-old product of Ohio Bobcats has good foot-works and has the skills of an PBA import. Campbell’s strenght and power will immediately put to a test against his ROS foreign hire counterpart.
Raymond Almazan description to Johnson seems like Shaquille O’Neal.
“Malaki at mabigat,” said Raymond Almazan of their import.