AFTER a two-week break, the PBA Governors’ Cup finals finally start on Wednesday with Alaska taking on Magnolia in a best-of-seven affair at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Both coaches welcomed the lengthy break to give way to the fifth window of the Fiba Basketball World Cup where Team Pilipinas lost to Kazakhstan and Iran.
“Sa akin, sayang if we played and ‘yung mga key players, may tama,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton. “Parang it cheats the fans. The fans want to see the best players play,” said Compton.
The Aces clinched a finals berth on November 17 when they beat Meralco, 99-92, in Game Four of the best-of-five series. The Hotshots edged Barangay Ginebra, 112-109, in Game Four with Romeo Travis scoring 50 points.
Travis’ big game came after he sustained a hamstring injury that nearly sidelined him for the pivotal Game Four that also saw Paul Lee playing hurt due to a leg injury.
“They are getting better. Si Romeo continuous ‘yung naging therapy. Malaking bagay ‘yung break na ‘to not only for Romeo and Paul, but also for the others na marami ring nararamdaman,” said Victolero.
Like Magnolia, Alaska was also nursing injuries during the semifinal round, among them Chris Banchero and Jvee Casio.
“Ang maganda dito, we can give our best. Nakapag-prepare kami ng maayos para maganda ‘yung mabigay namin sa kabilang team,” said Victolero.