GLOBALPORT hopes to stretch its good fortune on Friday the 13th.
The Batang Pier gun for a franchise-best third straight win at the expense of hard-luck Alaska Aces when the two teams collide in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Finally displaying some cohesiveness, Globalport registered the first back-to-back wins in franchise history after edging out Rain or Shine over the weekend, 90-88.
The victory leveled the team’s record at 3-3, enough to give young coach Richie Ticzon a big smile on his face prior to Globalport’s 5:45 p.m. match against the Aces.
“They’re beginning to believe in the system and they’re understanding what our team wants to happen kaya sobrang okay namin ngayon,” said the former Ateneo guard.
“Our rookies are learning how to play in the PBA, and our veterans are stepping up being the leaders of the team,” he added. “Being one as a team, it’s coming into play already. I didn’t expect this to be this early, but wins make it easier for us to jell.”
The same can’t be said of the Aces.
Despite winning a championship in the last Commissioner’s Cup, the Aces have been struggling as a team as reflected in their 2-4 win-loss record, capped by an 86-85 heartbreaker at the hands of league-leader Petron on Saturday.
Still, coach Luigi is happy with the way his team has been trying to grind out every game.
“Three straight games, we have been battling. In our game against Barako Bull, we were up by 15, but it came down to the last possession. Talk ‘N Text, we missed some free throws in the end. This one (against Petron), it came down to the last play,” Trillo noted.
“It’s a long tournament. For us, it’s far from over. But hopefully, we can maintain that and get some breaks.”