FIL-AM forward Joe Devance said San Mig is bracing for nothing less than a determined effort by Alaska when they collide in the PBA Governors Cup on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Devance said they were surprised to see the Aces get blown off the court by 51 points by Rain or Shine on Wednesday and expect the Uytengsu franchise to try and atone for the humiliating defeat.
“I was surprised to see them (Aces) lose by 51 points. That’s a big margin,” Devance, a former Alaska player, told Spin.ph, after the Mixers’ practice on Thursday.
“But I know they will bring their A-game (against us). They will really try to come out strong so we better be ready for the challenge,” he added.
The Mixers and Aces collide at 8 p.m.
San Mig is currently on a three-game roll, leading the tournament along with Talk ’N Text and Barangay Ginebra on similar 4-1 records.
The Mixers are coming off a 102-90 whipping of the Gin Kings on Sunday behind reigning Best Import Marqus Blakely’s personal conference-high 34 points, 17 rebounds and six steals.
Alaska new coach Alex Compton admitted that he needs to prepare the Aces better offensively and defensively as they try to regain top form.
“A win (against San Mig) would quickly erase this (51-point loss), but coach Tim (Cone) is like a walking basketball so we just got to get better,” said Compton, whose team occupies the bottom half of the standings with its 2-4 record.
Compton’s first assistant Louie Alas said their playoff hopes are still alive, even though they have the Mixers, the Gin Kings and the Barako Bull Energy for their last three assignments in the eliminations.
“Pwede pa iyan,” Alas said. “Habang may buhay, basta importante, we just have to play fundamental basketball kasi itong nangyari sa amin (against Rain or Shine) eh puwede rin namang mangyari sa lahat ng PBA teams.”