AFTER a smashing season debut, Barako Bull looks to come up with a huge follow-up win as it takes on Alaska on Sunday in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta
The Energy Cola are coming off an 88-75 whipping of the Air21 Express, a game that saw the George Chua-owned franchise lead by as many as 33 points.
Barako Bull tries to ride on that momentum against Alaska in their 3 p.m. game.
Coach Bong Ramos recognizes the fact that his team has earned the ire of PBA fans after Barako Bull traded away all its draft picks this year in exchange for veterans.
But Ramos said they will continue to use that as a motivation this whole season in order to prove their detractors otherwise.
“Plano talaga namin is to get tried and tested players,” Ramos said, who is now calling the shots for the Energy Cola after management decided to part ways with active consultant Rajko Toroman weeks before the season opened.
“Unang laro pa lang yan (against Air21), wala pa silang napu-prove but I believe they will pull some surprises. This team works hard. They push themselves,” he added.
Ramos recognizes that things won’t be easy, especially against the Aces, who punched in their first win of the season with an 84-80 victory against the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers.
“Hopefully, we continue to upset more teams. We’ll try to get a ‘W’ every game. Di ko alam hanggang kelan kami ganito,” he added.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said it is nice to see his team come out with a lot of energy against San Mig, controlling the tempo and taking care of the ball, which allowed the Aces to erect an 18-point lead,
before holding on in the end.
“We were all over the court defensively against San Mig. So maganda yung ginawa namin. We set the tone by taking care of the basketball,” he said.
Alaska’s main big man Sonny Thoss, who churned out 19 points and eight rebounds, is expected to lead the Aces’ charge once more along with Calvin Abueva, Cyrus Baguio and JV Casio.