ALASKA is riding the crest of a four-game winning streak, but the last thing coach Luigi Trillo wants to see is the Aces becoming complacent as the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs approach.
“We don’t want to get to focused on that (winning streak). But we know it’s gonna get tougher from here because we have San Mig (for our last game this Sunday),” said the reigning PBA Coach of the Year.
Alaska is currently in third place with a 5-3 (win-loss) record and Trillo anticipates the Aces to end up as the third or fourth seed, depending on their game against San Mig on Sunday.
But no matter where the Aces end up, Trillo said it is only going to be a grind from hereon.
“We’re gonna be third or fourth (seed), and I’m sure everybody is trying to avoid Talk ‘N Text (9-0) because they are in another level now,” he said.
“It’s safer to be at (number) three (seed) than it is at four with all due respect to San Miguel Beer and San Mig. But it doesn’t get any easier from here.”
The Alaska coach remains wary of San Mig, a team battling health issues with Marc Pingris down with a bruised left rib and import James Mays and James Yap playing through back problems.
“San Mig is the back-to-back champion,” he said, while mentioning San Miguel and even Ginebra as threats come playoff time. “But as I said before, the barometer the past few conferences is San Mig Coffee, San Miguel Beer and Ginebra, based on their performances.”
So far, the Aces have beaten the Beermen and the Gin Kings in the single-round eliminations.
Alaska whipped San Miguel, 89-78 in the lone out-of-town game for this conference in Binan, Laguna, before claiming the scalp of Ginebra, 83-73 on Sunday after the Gin KIngs played the entire second half without import Josh Powell.