Aces eye key win
The Aces tackle the Fuel Masters at 4:15 p.m. then the Texters tangle with the Batang Pier at 7 p.m. in the final Friday twinbill before the 2017 PBA All-Star Week that serves as a short breather for the ball clubs going into the last half of the single round elims.
Alaska is in the Top Four with a 4-1 win-loss slates but they hope to build some momentum when they face elite rivals in the mid-season tourney.
After their game against Phoenix, Calvin Abueva and his Alaska pals will have four tough assignments in their last five games – Ginebra, TNT, San Miguel and Star.
“Phoenix is a better team than their record indicates,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
“Jameel McKay is such an active, aggressive player who really uses his length to his advantage. And Cyrus (Baguio), RJ (Jazul), (Matt) Wright and JC (Intal) are all playmakers who can both score and create for their teammates. We will really have to be consistent in guarding them and keeping McKay from absolutely dominating the glass if we want to win this game,” Compton said.