The Aces slayed powerhouse teams such as Purefoods, Talk 'N Text, and San Miguel Beer during that run. But their bubble finally burst against Barako Bull, which only recently pulled itself out of the cellar with a win against expansion team Blackwater.
"It's a wakeup call," said Alaska point guard JVee Casio, who tallied 13 points and five assists in the game. "Nakita namin s'yempre kung anong lagay namin."
Alaska had earlier been plagued by a subpar performance when lowly Kia nearly pulled an upset against the lethargic Aces, and now Barako Bull was able to finish them off....
"Kung may Abueva ang Alaska, kami may Denok," said Barako head coach Koy Banal. "Yung energy niya inside the floor and off the floor, si Mick, si William, si Chico, everybody's contributing. It's hard with the kind of materials we have but everything is possible to those who believe. Mixed with hardwork, it's possible."
The Aces suffered their first defeat in the 2015 Philippine Cup after winning their first six assignments. Barako Bull, meanwhile, came into the game with the third worst record in the league....
The Aces and the Energy do battle at 4:15 p.m. before the nightcap between the San Miguel Beermen and the Kia Sorento at 7 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
The flawless Alaska (6-0) is gunning for its seventh straight win to move closer to the top two which guarantee automatic seats in the semifinals. The Aces had the Blackwater Elite as their latest victim, 69-56, last Friday....
MANILA, Philippines - Alaska coach Alex Compton said yesterday the Aces’ hot 6-0 start in the PBA Philippine Cup is no indication that the Fred Uytengsu franchise is a lock for the championship and conceded that the team is still a work in progress under his watch.
Compton, 40, took over the Alaska reins two games into the Governors Cup last season and is only in his first full conference with the Aces. He was previously assistant coach at Welcoat and Alaska, serving under Leo Austria, Caloy Garcia and Luigi Trillo.
“I still have a lot to learn,” said Compton who played as an import for Welcoat before his transition to coaching. “I’m lucky I’ve got four assistant coaches with more head coaching experience than me. Louie (Alas) is our associate head coach. Topex (Robinson), Monch (Gavieres) and Franco (Atienza) are our assistant coaches. We work as a team, we share inputs, we enjoy doing things together.”...
Eric Menk, the 40-year-old former PBA MVP that Alaska acquired in the offseason, was able to turn back the hands of time and submit a vintage performance with 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Aces’ sixth straight win.
Menk, who was brought in with frontliner Gabby Espinas expected out for an extended stretch, said he was glad to be able to give his team a lift in this one....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||1||0.857|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||12||10||0.545||4th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||3||11||0.214||9th|