Alaska tries to bounce back and regain solo lead as Aces take on Globalport Batang Pier
Calvin Abueva's double-double was not enough against Barako Bull and the Aces need to chip in as they take on the unpredictable Batang Pier. Jerome Ascano

COMING off an embarrassing loss to Barako Bull, erstwhile unbeaten Alaska tries to regain the solo leader when it takes on dangerous GlobalPort on Saturday in the PBA Philippine Cup’s road game in Cagayan de Oro City.

Gametime is at 5 p.m.

Alaska (6-1) coach Alex Compton said preparation has been tough, noting that the Batang Pier (4-3) are playing excellent, having won three of their last four contests.

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“Preparation has been fine though difficult. Difficult because they (Batang Pier) are playing so well and we need to find ways to try to contain their offense,” said Compton.

“I am very impressed with GlobalPort particularly in their last game against Talk ‘N Text.”

While the Aces’ lethargic play resulted in a 78-85 loss to the resurgent Barako Bull on Wednesday, the Batang Pier rode on the hot-shooting of Terrence Romeo and Ronjay Buenafe to whip the Tropang Texters, 105-97.

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Romeo, the 5-11 guard out of Far Eastern University, peppered Talk ‘N Text with 30 points, spiked by five three-point shots.

It was a huge game for the flamboyant GlobalPort guard, who was on a four-game shooting slump prior to the game against Talk ’N Text.

Buenafe added 11 of his 13 points in the final period, allowing GlobalPort to catch up with its victim in the middle of the standings with their 4-3 record.

“Basta kami, one game at a time, sinabi ko sa mga players, five games ito na mabibigat ang kalaban natin, so kailangan mag-step up na tayo, and nagrespond naman sila,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.

GlobalPort’s two high-scoring guards Alex Cabagnot and rookie Fil-Am Stanley Pringle are also expected to deliver good numbers.

Cabagnot currently leads the team in points (17.0 ppg.) and rebounds (7.4 rbp.), to go along with 4.2 assists and 1.2 steals per contest this conference.

Pringle is not far behind with his all-around numbers of 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.

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