The Barangay Ginebra Kings will try to end their two-game slump when they face off against the Alaska Aces in the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday, November 3, at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena in Pampanga.
Tip-off is at 6:45 p.m. in what will be the last game of a historic quadruple-header that marks the return of the PBA after a brief four-day break.
It has been a week since the Kings last played and the team used the lengthy break to rest and refocus. After getting off the blocks with four straight victories, Ginebra has since lost two straight including an 82-85 loss to Rain or Shine last week that dropped them to 4-2 (win-loss) for the season.
According to Ginebra assistant Richard del Rosario, the team became complacent after they got off to a fantastic start.
"The problem was we played like a team that won a championship already or accomplished anything, pero wala," said Del Rosario during an appearance on the Coaches Unfiltered webshow.
Alaska head coach, Jeffrey Cariaso, meanwhile, is preparing for the best version of Ginebra to come to fore.
"We can only expect them to be sharp and defend hard like they always do," Cariaso was quoted as saying on the league’s official website.
Alaska has won two straight and sits with a 5-3 card. They are not only targeting entry into the quarterfinals but wants a top four spot that will give them a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round.
"This will again be a very good challenge for us," Cariaso added. "If we want to be in the top four we're going to have to compete and beat big teams like Ginebra."(JNP)