September 25, 2017, 1:22 am
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Aces eye 4th straight

ALASKA has exerted superhuman efforts in putting together a three-game winning streak and keeping alive its hopes of making the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals.

Coach Alex Compton wants more from his Aces when they battle a Meralco Bolts crew with its own agenda today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I don’t think there’s any question that this matchup will require our best game of the conference,” Compton said.

Skidding Star tackles GlobalPort in the nightcap with each team eyeing to stoke its flagging drive.

“Very important game for us,” said coach Chito Victolero, whose Hotshots are on a three-game slide capped by a 90-96 loss to Meralco last Saturday.

“Because of our situation right now every game is crucial. We need to have that sense of urgency to give our best every single game because coming from a three-game losing streak we need to bounce back hard and have the proper mind-set going into the game,” added Victolero.

Equally determined are the Batang Pier, who have lost two straight but should have a boost with the return of Stanley Pringle. The explosive Fil-Am guard returned last Tuesday from the US after the funeral of his father and started practicing with the team the day after.

More precarious is the situation of Alaska, which needs to win against Meralco and Rain or Shine on Wednesday to gain inclusion among the top eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

Compton knows it won’t be easy going against Meralco, which has a far loftier goal of making it among the top four, which will be rewarded with a twice-to-beat advantage each in the next round.

The Bolts would scale that plateau should they win their remaining assignments against GlobalPort on Friday and San Miguel Beer at eliminations end on Sept. 24.

It is on the task at hand that Compton and Meralco counterpart Norman Black are concerned with.

“This is a tough situation for us,” stated Compton. “We have what is a must-win against one of the very best teams in our league.”

“Alaska is on a roll so we must be well prepared,” said Black before adding the basic strategies his team must execute to the fullest in order to negate or at least match the likes of LaDontae Henton, Calvin Abueva and Jayvee Casio.
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