The Alaska Aces is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Terrafirma Dyip at 4:00 P.M. on October 26, 2020 live from the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
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The Aces will try to regain their winning momentum while the Dyip hopes that this afternoon will be their first taste of victory inside the PBA bubble when the league returns for another explosive basketball action.
Alaska hit a wall which halted their three-game winning streak after they faced the more veteran team and championship-caliber squad, the San Miguel Beermen last Saturday.
For SMB head coach Leo Austria one of the factors why his team won is that they may have faced a team having tired legs.
“We had a four-day break after our last game and this was Alaska’s third game in five days. I think that’s one of the factors,” said Austria.
Though the Aces are currently mixed in the middle part of the standings, it doesn’t mean that they’re just an average team. From head coach Jeff Cariaso point of view, his team is improving and they might surprise everyone that probably by the end of the elimination round Alaska carries a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
“I feel we grew up a little bit each and every game as we progressed. Our defense improved a little bit more as we progressed. That’s really all you can ask for in this kind of situation, in this kind of conference in the bubble,” said Cariaso.
One of the highlights of the Aces three-game straight wins is the emerging name of Kevin Barkley Ebona. This rookie is slowly making his presence felt in the league as his basketball skills frequently compared to Marc Pingris. In their game against the defending champion, Ebona delivered 18 points and five rebounds.
For the Dyip on the other hand, sure CJ Perez is among the league-leaders in points-per-game and steals-per-game yet this second-year player from the LPU Pirates need more lift from his teammates to have Terrafirma a much meaningful 2020 Philippine Cup campaign.
After their four tries, the squad led by head coach Johnedel Cardel still got zero in their win column. Still, their ability to win still remains especially if their opponent will let their guards down.