FROM his usual ringside seat just behind the Alaska bench, Wilfred Uytengsu witnessed how his team put together a masterclass in an 87-70 win over Barangay Ginebra in Game One on Wednesday night.
But the Alaska owner also sees one thing coming: a Ginebra fightback.
Just moments after the Aces took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series before a huge crowd at the Big Dome, Uytengsu wasted no time in warning his team that a Ginebra team that played with heavy feet in the series opener will be tougher to beat in Game Two on Friday night.
“I think Ginebra is tired but this being the Finals, you can never count anyone out,” Uytsengsu told Spin.ph. “Ginebra is a talented and well-coached team."
True enough, Ginebra had shown plenty of resilience in this mid-season tournament, bouncing back from a 0-4 start in the eliminations before surviving three no-tomorrow games in the playoffs - two against a twice-to-beat Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals and a Game Five against Talk 'N Text in the semifinals.
No wonder Uytengsu has warned his team to brace for a strong comeback by Ginebra on Friday.
“We expect Game Two to be tougher but I do know our team is hungry. So we will be ready to set the tone,” the businessman-sportsman said.
“Things just fell our way (in Game One). We played solid defense but one game does not make a series. We need to keep the energy up and execute our game plan,” Uytengsu added.