ALASKA isn’t a superstitious team, but on this rare night black brought the Aces luck.
Behind their hot shooting from the three-point range and the foul line, the Aces evened their best-of-five PBA Governors Cup semifinals series against Meralco following a 100-95 victory on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The team went 8-of-19 from downtown for a high 42 percent shooting, while almost going perfect from the free throw area (20-of-21) on a night when they showed up wearing their black jerseys.
Team manager and Alaska board of governor Dickie Bachmann said it wasn't the first time the Aces wore back jerseys.
“We use it on special situations,” he stressed. “Also, to create excitement for the Aces players during playoffs.
“It worked this time and the players liked it.”
Coach Alex Compton admitted he really has no idea about Alaskas black jersey since as he noted, ‘hindi ako fashionista.’
“You can tell with the way I dressed that I am not a fashionable guy,” said the Alaska mentor.
But he mentioned team owner Wilfred S. Uytengsu having something to do with it.
Aside from the Aces looking good in their black uniform, the team also looked sharp on the court as it ended Meralco’s seven-game winning streak.
“Black jerseys are great,” Compton said. “Guys are cool about it that we won and so we’ll see if we can wear black every time.”