Alaska is looking to bring out the broom as Game 4 of the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup is set on Sunday evening at the Philsports Arena.
The Aces have played systematic and disciplined basketball throughout the all-Filipino conference.
It wasn’t a perfect season admitted coach Alex Compton, but what he usually tells media men during his post-game talks is his players’ ability to fight through adversity and adjust against the San Miguel Beermen in the Finals.
Ranked fifth in defense at the end of the eliminations after holding its opponent to 95 points per contest, Alaska stepped up its defense in the playoffs.
In eight playoff games so far, the Aces held the opposition to just 83.8 points per game on the way to a near perfect 7-1 record.
While San Miguel is loaded from the front court to the backcourt, it obviously misses the services of two-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo (out with an injured left knee) in the Finals.
There is no doubt that the Finals would have been an altogether different story if the 6-foot-10 Fajardo was playing, considering that he has been an unstoppable force in the paint in the opening conference.
But the Cebuano star center down went with an injury in Game 6 of the semis against Rain or Shine.
For sure, the Aces will approach Game 4 with a “kill mentality”, their efforts trained at snuffing out whatever is left of the Beermen’s hopes in the hope of clinching the franchise’s 15th league title overall and Compton’s first as a PBA coach.
Will the balloons fall from the rafters tonight, or will San Miguel be able to cough out a win and live to fight another day?