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    Corey Jefferson not ready to pack bags yet as slumping Aces battle for survival vs Batang Pier

    Jun 3, 2017

    NOT even a seven-game slump could dent Alaska's morale as the Aces fight for survival in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

    With the conference on the line, Alaska import Corey Jefferson said no streak or figures matter but the final score when the Aces face GlobalPort on Sunday in a playoff game for the last slot in the quarterfinals.

    "It's a do-or-die, we have to come ready. Either one will go home so definitely have to get this win," said Jefferson.

    And the 26-year-old former NBA player didn't want to pack his things and go home just yet.

    "We can't do anything about it (streak). We just gotta come ready for the next game. We know we have to win this game or our season's over."

    But he knows it's an uphill battle, as GlobalPort is just as desperate as Alaska to win the match.

    Asked what could spell the difference, Jefferson said it's the defensive intensity the Aces are known for.

    "We have to play that way," said the reinforcement, referring to Alaska's defense in the loss to Star where the game was decided only in the waning seconds.

    "We haven't been really doing it. But we'll definitely have a good chance if we play like that."

    The winner will face top-seed Ginebra, armed with the twice-to-beat advantage, in the quarterfinals. 

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