Alaska realized its main goal on Wednesday night when the Aces compound the woes of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 94-89 to secure the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat bonus it dangles in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal round.
The victory—its third straight—enabled Alaska to improve its mark to 7-4 and tie Star at second spot at the end of the elimination round. However, the Aces eventually earned the No. 2 spot in the playoffs by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule courtesy of their 97-90 overtime victory over the Hotshots last January 11.
Alaska coach Alex Compton, however, is in no mood to celebrate since the Aces, armed with a once-to-win edge, will take on No. 7 Barangay Ginebra, handled by former mentor Tim Cone, on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
“It’s great that we have a twice-to-beat (advantage) but it’s not an advantage with Ginebra as an opponent,” admitted Compton. – FOX Sports Asia