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Published on November 22, 2011

The Alaska Aces are playing their third game in six days but they are still hoping to make it three wins in a row as a belated birthday present for Alaska team owner Wilfred Steven Uytengsu turned 50 Tuesday. 

The Aces take on a skidding Barangay Ginebra squad Wednesday as the race and positioning for the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs shifts to high gear going into the last three weeks of the elimination round. 

 Coming off wins over Powerade and, Alaska takes on the Kings in the 5:15 p.m. first game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Aces, who started the conference with 0-5 and 1-7 records, are coming up off their first back-to-back games in the conference to move up to 3-7 in the team standings and in a tie with the Tigers in the race for the eighth and last playoff berth. 

“We are going to play our third game in six days against Ginebra. We have to be smart in our preparation for our remaining games and just concentrate on the things we have to do. 

It’s a good thing Ginebra is also playing its second game in four days,” said Alaska head coach Joel Banal after their 86-80 win over the Clickers last Sunday. 

Two days earlier, Alaska had beaten the Tigers 121-111 to get back on track after the worst start in franchise history. It was just a matter of not giving up according to Banal. 

“Even if we were losing at the start of the conference, we made a decision to just keep on working. Even if sometimes we got tired in the end and as a result we lost some games. 

But we’ll keep on working till we get to where we wanna be. We’ll continue to work work harder and pray harder,” Banal explained. 

The Aces are going up against a Barangay Ginebra that is coming off an 88-76 loss to B-Meg last Sunday and has actually lost three of its last four games. 

Barangay Ginebra co-head coach Siot Tanquingcen is hoping new recruit Rico Maierhofer has adjusted already to the team’s system and has already jelled with the Kings’ frontline which is going take on probably the best twin tower combination in the league in Alaska’s Sonny Thoss and JayR Reyes. 

Maierhofer, along with rookie Allein Maliksi, were acquired by Barangay Ginebra last week in a three-team, four-player, two-future-draft-pick trade which also involved B-Meg and Barako Bull. 

Maierhofer, however, still hasn’t fully recovered from a knee injury and Maliksi has yet to play also because of a knee injury. 

Tanquingcen is hoping Rico Villanueva, Willy Wilson and Billy Mamaril can hold up the fort inside the shaded lane with help from their wingmen in JC Intal and KG Canaleta.

The Kings beat Alaska in their first meeting 83-72 last October 9. (FM)


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