The Aces and the Elasto Painters meet at 5 p.m. live on TV5.
Despite being down by 17 points in the second quarter, Alaska rallied in the second half and dispatched Rain or Shine, 87-80, in Game One last Thursday.
Coach Alex Compton called the win a huge confidence booster for the Aces who had struggled to beat the Elasto Painters in the past....
One of those things is his calm amidst an opposing team’s run, usually resisting from calling timeouts and giving his players the chance to figure things out on their own.
That’s one of the things that Alaska coach Alex Compton is hoping to emulate as he continues to develop in his young coaching career....
Rain or Shine display the same old problems bugging the team when it dropped the first game of its best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinals series against Alaska, but coach Yeng Guiao is not yet worried about his team.
The no. 2 seed Elasto Painters lost in rebounds, 59-48, and committed 19 turnovers — their two major concerns this conference — as they saw their seven-game winning streak snapped.
"Alam ko naman na binigyan na nila kami ng pitong sunod na panalo and sabi ko nga at some point mauubos 'yung buenas mo sa Alaska e," Guiao told reporters after the game....
Sonny Thoss and JVee Casio scored 16 points apiece to lead the Aces, which came back from a 34-17 hole in the second quarter to take the opener of the best-of-seven series.
"I thought early on, Rain or Shine exerted their will against us. We got a little frustrated," said Alaska coach Alex Compton, whose team also faced Rain or Shine in the semis of the last conference. The Aces lost that series in five games....
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Alaska Aces lock horns once again on a familiar stage as they clash in Game One of their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinals showdown Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The Elasto Painters and the Aces face off at 7 p.m. live on TV5.
Rain or Shine and Alaska are meeting in their second straight semifinals series after a memorable encounter in the Governors’ Cup last June. In Game Four, the Aces were up by two in the dying minutes when JVee Casio broke away from the pack, looking poised for an easy layup which would seal the series and a ticket to the championship round....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||9||3||0.750|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||3rd|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||18||8||0.692||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||15||12||0.556||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||14||7||0.667||Champions|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||4th|