The Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Alaska Aces at 6:45 P.M. on June 10, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces are looking to keep its winning ways and extend their streak to six while the Hotshots will make an attempt to stop their back-to-back losing skid.
After a defeat in their opening game of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Aces went unconscious as they swept their next five games. However, coach Alex Compton suddenly have problems in his player rotation.
As reported earlier, Jeron Teng was stabbed at his back and will be out for some weeks while Calvin Abueva is dealing with personal issues and he isn’t attending team practice.
Alaska Aces team owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu slapped “the Beast” with an indifinite suspension after gone AWOL (absence without official leave).
“The Alaska team has placed Calvin Abueva on indefinite suspension following his more than one week absence from practice and failing to advise the coaching staff and management of his whereabouts,” said Uytengsu in a statement.
“While the team understands Calvin may be going through some troubling personal issues, it does not obviate his responsibility to his team. The suspension is effective immediately,” Uytengsu added.
Likewise, the Hotshots are also dealing an internal player issue at least at their import Curtis Kelly. Kelly was brought in as a replacement for Vernon Macklin but failed to deliver victories to Magnolia after his two stints.
Coach Chito Victolero will parade a new import and his name is Justin Jackson. Jackson played with the Rieker Komarno ball club in Slovakia, he was also part of the Cincinnati U team during his collegiate days.
With a new import, coach Victolero is hoping to solve his front-court problems as Marc Pingris and Ian Sangalang still nursing their respective injuries.