The Alaska Aces try to move a step closer to a finals berth as they aim for a 2-0 lead over the Star Hotshots in Game Two of their best-of-seven PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals duel on Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska and Star tussle at 7 p.m. live on TV5.
The Aces displayed their never-quit attitude in Game One, climbing back from an 18-point deficit in the first half to take Game One from Star, 97-91, last Wednesday.
Import Romeo Travis led the Aces charge with 28 points and 10 boards while JVee Casio added 18 markers....
MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces may have drawn first blood after a stunning come-from-behind victory over the Star Hotshots in Game 1 of their semi-finals series, but lead guard JV Casio was quick to warn that they cannot celebrate yet.
Down by as much as 18 points, the Aces put together one of their trademark comebacks and downed the Hotshots, 97-91, to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series in the Governors' Cup semifinals.
"Important naman 'yung Game 1," said Casio to PBA.ph. "You always want to get ahead, but it's not over and done with."...
The Star Hotshots became the latest victim of Alaska's fierce second half comeback on Wednesday night, losing grip of an 18-point lead to bow to the Aces in Game One of their Governors' Cup semifinals series.
The two-time defending champions were comfortably ahead, 51-36, at halftime and looked like a well-oiled machine against the struggling number one seed. But the Hotshots fell prey to Alaska's pivotal 34-point third quarter explosion.
Defensive anchor Marc Pingris said the Hotshots lost their composure when the gritty Aces made their run, lamenting the team's lack of discipline in such pressure situations....
What makes this one doubly interesting is the fact that Cone’s Star Hotshots are clinging to the last title they won in a Grand Slam feat last season while his former team, Alaska, is trying to blaze a new trail of success under a new mentor.
And that is what Alaska coach Alex Compton hopes to achieve starting today when the elimination-round topnotcher Aces battle the Hotshots in Game 1 of their best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Governors’ Cup....
But Hotshots superstar James Yap believes the “Beast” has mellowed down in his third season a pro.
“Di ko na iniitindi si Calvin, mabait naman iyan. Actually si Abueva, mas mabait na ngayon,” Yap told Philstar.com just before the team’s practice at Ronac gym in San Juan....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|