The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Alaska Aces at 4:30 P.M. on April 2, 2017 in Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals rematch is here. The Aces is gunning for its four straight wins while the Elasto Painters is looking to bounce back after getting a loss from league-leading Meralco Bolts.
The combination of Calvin Abueva and Cory Jefferson looks superb for coach Alex Compton squad. Both players got a combined 47 points and 17 rebounds in a win against Mahindra Floodbuster last March 29.
One of the noticeable changes made by coach Compton this second conference is moving Abueva to a sixth man position. With that move, Alaska gets an energy boost each time “The Beast” is inserted to the lineup.
In those past three successful games, Alaska still don’t have the services of Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero. These players are an instant scoring machines plus the hustle plays of Manuel as soon as he’s back in the Aces roster.
After being named as the Best Player of the Week, James Yap’s scoring output is sliding down. “Big Game James” scored only 6 points against the Bolts.
Apart from Shawn Taggart, only Jericho Cruz reached double-digits in scoring in their last outing. Taggart logged 27 points and 13 rebounds while Cruz chipped in with 12 points.