ALASKA Aces and Magnolia Hotshots gun for a share of the lead in the 46th PBA Philippine Cup when they face off in the second game of a revised Wednesday schedule at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Aces and Hotshots, who won their opening assignments against Blackwater (103-77) and Phoenix Super LPG (80-73), respectively, were originally supposed to play different opponents in Day 4 of the young season.
For Alaska, it should have been Terrafirma at 12:30 p.m. and for Magnolia, it's the TNT Tropang Giga at 6 p.m.
But due to health and safety protocols, the pro league postponed the two matches and instead pitted the Aces and the Hotshots in the tweaked schedule set for 6 p.m.
The challenge now for the protagonists is to quickly adjust to the new assignment.
"It makes the game extra challenging because we prepared three days for Terrafirma," noted Alaska coach Jeff Cariaso.
"I know Magnolia is also on the same boat but for Alaska being a younger team, the challenge is greater on our end," he added.
Alaska is on a high after posting a 26-point triumph over the Bossing in the kickoff game of the season last Friday afternoon. This was the most lopsided opening-day result since the 1999 All-Filipino when Mobiline routed Tanduay, 90-64.
The Hotshots are also coming off a morale-booster last Saturday.
Coach Chito Victolero's wards got back at the Fuel Masters, the same crew that sent them packing in the quarterfinals last year, while showing a portent of things to come with Calvin Abueva in tow.
Abueva, acquired in a trade with Phoenix, scored 26 and grabbed 10 rebounds in his debut for the Hotshots. (OL)