Aces, Texters go for 3

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Aces, Texters go for 3

Alaska and Talk ’N Text try to extend their winning streaks to three when they battle separate rivals today in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Aces resume their winning drive against Sta. Lucia starting at 4 p.m. before a resurgent TNT squad collides with Barako Bull at 4 p.m.

The Tropang Texters dropped their first two games before finally settling down that saw them win their last two games.

They are actually coming off a week-long break after beating Burger King, 117-114, last March 14 in Muntinlupa City in a game marred by the outright ejection of TNT coach Chot Reyes for physically contacting a referee in the second period.

PBA commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios is expected to hand down a fine on the flamboyant Reyes for his actions in that game.

“The break should help us as it allowed us to have more practices, something we lacked at the start of the conference,” Reyes said. “We’ll find out how well we practiced in the way we play (against Barako Bull).”

In the Texters’ recent win, import Tiras Wade scored a PBA career-best and season-high 48 points, shooting 13-of-28 from the field and a perfect 15-of-15 from the free throw line. He also had 11 rebounds and five assists as he underscored his billing as the most explosive import in the season-ending tournament.

The Energy Boosters, on the other hand, are nursing a 110-123 loss to former coach Yeng Guiao and Burger King. The setback was the third straight for Barako Bull (formerly Red Bull).
Focus, however, is on the Alaska-Sta. Lucia showdown.

“They’ve been our “˜kontrapelo” said Alaska coach Tim Cone, now the owner of the all-time career wins in the PBA. “But we got the big monkey off our back in the last series (Philippine
Cup). So we have to see if we can continue to do that, keep them off our back.

“They’re a tough match up for us. But with Ro Ellis, we’re a lot tougher team with him around and I think we can compete with Sta. Lucia,” Cone added.

Since the arrival of Ellis last Monday, the Aces have won their last two games after losing their first three games. They downed Purefoods, 94-84, and defending champion Barangay Ginebra, 82-81, on Willie Miller’s go-ahead three-pointer last Friday.

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