Alaska wary of GlobalPort upset
RoS faces Petron in main game
MANILA, Philippines – Alaska Milk will stick to its guns as it tries to avoid an upset from GlobalPort on Friday’s PBA Governors’ Cup.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said GlobalPort coach Junel Baculi have made improvements with the Batang Pier, who will be squaring off with the Aces at the Araneta Coliseum at 5:15 p.m.
“They added a lot of firepower in Jay-Wash to complement their big three, Sol [Mercado], Gary [David] and Willie [Miller],” said Trillo in the PBA website.
“I see their progress. Coach Junel has them headed in the right direction.”
Alaska, this year’s Commissioner’s Cup champion, will be parading import Wendell McKines against GlobalPort.
Also suiting up for the Aces on Friday is Rookie of the Year/Most Valuable Player candidate Calvin Abueva, Cyrus Baguio, Sonny Thoss, Jayvee Casio, Gabby Espinas and RJ Jazul.
Trillo also hopes they could do well this conference after the Aces fared badly during their pre-conference games.
“I’m more worried about our defense. We lost three pre-conference games by huge margins,” he said.
Meanwhile, league-leading Rain or Shine is looking for its third straight win when it tackles Petron Blaze in the main game.
It will be an exciting battle between the two teams as their mentors will be coaching against one another for the first time.
Petron’s Gee Abanilla was one of Yeng Guiao’s assistant coaches during their stint with Red Bull.
“I’m looking forward to that. It’s a special moment playing against one of my mentors,” said Abanilla.
Guiao will be bringing back Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood, who had to rest after their emotional FIBA Asia campaign with Gilas Pilipinas.
“The five-day break is a good way to get Gabe and Jeff into their regular rhythm. They should be 85 to 90 percent when we get to the Petron game,” he said.