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What changed for Alaska after 0-5 start? 'Parang naging isang team na kami' says Manuel

by Reynald Magallon, November 20, 2019 8:04pm

The Alaska Aces' 0-5 start in the 2019 Governors' Cup seemed to be a distant past already for Vic Manuel and the rest of the team. The current Aces who are currently on a groove with a four game win streak looked entirely different from what everyone had seen from them at the start of the conference.

Now, they booked the final seat of the playoff bus and set up a Quarterfinals dance with the twice-to-beat Meralco Bolts.

What changed for them? Manuel simply put they finally started playing as a team.

"Nakuha na yung sistema parang naging isang team na kami di gaya nung nastart palang kami 0-5," said Manuel who admitted the Aces had a hard time adjusting to their new system since Coach Jeff Cariaso took over the head coaching post at the start of the conference.

Evidence to that progress for the Aces, they dominated the league leader in NLEX Road Warriors, 106-90 to secure a spot in the Quarters and avoid further complications. A loss against the Road Warriors could mean disaster as they will need to play the Columbian Dyip in a do-or-die game for the eighth spot.

"Niremind lang sa amin ni coach na dapat playoff mode na kami kasi pag natalo kami, makikipag laban pa kami sa columbian so talagang pinilit namin makuha tong panalo na ito para makapag prepare pa kami ng maayos sa Meralco," said Manuel.

The 6'5" banger also credited the big win to the Aces' improving chemistry and cohesion.

"Medyo nagji-jell na yung team namin, maraming bago sa ayun nakapag adjust naman agad sila nakuha nila yung system namin, naging maganda na yung tinatakbo namin," he explained.

Manuel however refused to get too carried away with the win as they still have another daunting task at hand against the Allen Durham-led Meralco.

"Kailangan talaga mag prepare kami ng maayos eh lalo na sa playoff Meralco katapat namin. Defensive team sila kaialangan malimit rin namin sila, kailangan paghandaan namin sila ng maayos."

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