ALASKA braces for a comeback by Meralco when the two teams face off in Game Two of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces took the opener, 97-94, on Monday after erasing a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and are seeking to move on the verge of a fourth finals appearance in five conferences.
“We’re one step closer, but they’re going to come back and play hard as well,” Aces coach Alex Compton said ahead of the 7 p.m. encounter.
Expecting Bolts coach Norman Black to make some adjustments, the Aces will counter with their own changes.
“I think that there’ll be some adjustments that are major, some adjustments that are not quite visible – more subtle I would say and you would not recognize right away that we’ll have to make,” Compton bared.
“I know coach Norman’s got a brilliant mind and that there’s a lot of things he can do and we can’t be prepared for all of them in one day,” the American coach added. “So I expect Game Two to be difficult again.”
RJ Jazul and Calvin Abueva once again lead their balanced offensive attack, while the Aces turn to their suffocating full-court defense that forced the Bolts to 22 turnovers.
Black is hoping his Bolts would minimize their errors and see import Arinze Onuaku regain his aggressiveness on offense.