OVERCOMING a powerhouse squad such as Talk ’N Text may take the full route of a best-of-seven series, according to Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
The Aces managed to pull off a huge upset over the top-seeded Texters in their lone elimination match, but coach Luigi Trillo understands that the semifinal showdown starting on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum will be much different.
“We just have to understand that this series won’t come easy. They (Tropang Texters) are really a good defensive team,” Trillo told Spin.ph after the team’s Monday morning practice at Hoops Center.
“I’ll be shocked if we could beat them in four or five games, but maybe six or seven if you talk of a chance to beat them,” added the Alaska mentor.
Alaska overhauled a fourth-quarter deficit en route to a 94-92 win over Talk ’N Text in their only meeting this conference on November 2 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Sophomore point guard JVee Casio engineered Alaska’s dynamic fourth quarter comeback, firing a conference-high six three pointers in finishing with a game-high 25 points.
“JV’s got a big responsibility for the team. I’m sure they will try to tire him out in the series. They have tried attacking him in the post. But it’s just a matter now of preparing him for this series,” said Trillo.
Taking on one of the top defensive teams in the league in a long series, Trillo said, requires detailed preparation and focus on the part of the Alaska coaching staff and the players.
“Talk ’N Text is a type of team that plays every possession solidly that’s why we need to play according to our strength,” said the 37-year-old Trillo.
One of Aces strengths is turning garbage into gold, as they have registered a conference-best 19.43 turnover points per game.
Talk ’N Text has averaged 94.86 points per game this conference, while holding its opponents to just 87.64.
On the other hand, Alaska is fifth-best in scoring with 89.79 points per game average, while limiting its opponent to 88.5 points, third best in the league.