The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Alaska Aces at 6:45 P.M. on September 2, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings are looking to make back-to-back victories after their Friday’s 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup debut while the Aces wanted to tell everyone that they’re the real deal this conference as they protect their unblemished win-loss record and keep their spot at the top of the standings.
Although Ginebra had its first victory last Friday against the Columbian Dyip, that win wasn’t so convincing as what Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said.
“Many sees we’re lucky to pull that one out,” said Cone. “We got to play a heck of a lot better against the league leader on Sunday,” he added.
Turnovers were one of the key areas why Ginebra having hard time playing with the Dyip. Their opponent’s zone-defense strategy worked well in the first three quarters but Ginebra’s timely adjustment came in the last few minutes of the fourth period as they regain the control of the match.
Coach Cone also commented that there not-so-sharp execution last Friday might be the result of a championship hangover.
“Emotionally, that’s always a big battle, coming off a championship,” said the multi-awarded bench tactician. “It’s a coaches’ nightmare,” added Cone.
For the Alaska Aces on the other hand, coach Alex Compton’s team is building another winning streak in this third conference.
In the Philippine Cup, the Aces had five-game winning stride and in the previous 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, they logged seven straight victories and got awarded a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.
Currently, Alaska already have three straight Ws. They opened their conference by beating Meralco Bolts, which is the runner-up of last year’s Governor’s Cup. Tonight in Sunday’s main event, it’ll be versus the reigning champs.