AS far as Luigi Trillo is concerned, the road to a first championship in three years for Alaska will be tough whichever between crowd-drawer Barangay Ginebra or multi-titled Talk ‘N Text the Aces face in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
The Aces booked the first championship berth Saturday night following their rousing 83-78 win over deposed champion San Mig Coffee in Game 4 to wrap up their best-of-five series, 3-1.
Now Trillo and the rest of the Aces will definitely be waiting and watching the Kings and Tropang Texters slug each other out in their no-tomorrow encounter on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the other Finals slot.
“Well, both teams (Talk ‘NT Text and Barangay Ginebra) are playing well. Both teams are also tired. But I just don’t want to wish for anything. We’ll just be prepared for anyone,” Trillo said, when asked which team he prefers to meet in the championship round.
A quick look at Alaska’s season match-up with both teams show the Aces hold a 3-1 advantage over the Kings since the season-opening Philippine Cup.
Alaska split its two-game elimination round meeting with Ginebra during the Philippine Cup, before beating the league’s most popular squad twice this conference - an 84-69 triumph in Tubod, Lanao del Norte on Verno Macklin’s debut for the Kings, followed by a 102-93 victory in their rematch.
On the other hand, Alaska is tied with Talk ‘N Text in its season match-up at 4-4.
The Tropang Texters bowed to the Aces during their lone elimination round encounter in the Philippine Cup, 92-94, but scored a 4-2 conquest in their semifinals series on the way to winning their third straight All-Filipino Cup championship.
Alaska though routed Talk ‘N Text, 92-69, this conference in their only match-up so far.
Trillo said he hopes the Aces could carry the same intensity and fighting attitude to the Finals regardless of which team they will face.