SOMETIMES, playing a team with inferior record is something that you have to be extra careful of or you might end up in the losing end.
That’s the very concern of coach Alex Compton, whose Alaska Aces clash with Phoenix in the opening tussle of another interesting double-header in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Compton readily acknowledged his Aces are in for a difficult outing in the 4:15 p.m. meeting with the Fuel Masters notwithstanding the latter’s dismal record.
“Phoenix is a better team than their record indicates,” said Compton, who has probably gotten some idea on Phoenix’s brand of play after watching it give Rain or Shine a hell of a fight last April 12.
“I thought they were excellent for most of the Rain or Shine game, and Rain or Shine just had a great rally at the end,” noted Compton, referring to the Fuel Masters who dropped a 96-94 loss to the Painters.
Compton is particulary concerned with the presence of Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul in Phoenix roster, the two being his former players in Alaska, plus Matthew Wright, JC Intal and import Jameel McKay.
“McKay is such an active, aggressive player who really uses his length to his advantage. And Cyrus, RJ (Jazul), Wright, and JC are all playmakers who can both score and create for their teammates,” said Compton.
“We will really have to be consistent in guarding them and keeping McKay from absolutely dominating the glass if we want to win this game,” he added.
The Aces are actually gunning for their fifth win in six outings, which is the same goal that Talk ‘N Text hopes to accomplish in its 7 p.m. encounter with a Globalport team that seemed to have lost its heart to play.
The Aces are coming off a 91-99 loss at the hands of Meralco last April 18, while the Tropang Texters are looking for a follow-up to their 86-84 win over Mahindra last April 9.
Victories by both the Aces and the Texters will enable them to keep a share of the third place behind second running Meralco (6-1) and pacesetter San Miguel Beer (4-0).