first_imgLouie Alas and Alex Compton worked together—and have been friends—for so long that it’s not a surprise that they think pretty much alike now.So it’s no surprise that both mentors agree on one thing when they clash for the first time as head coaches on Wednesday night—that their teams will be playing pretty much the same way as evidenced by the stats.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “This won’t be a friendly game, not in any way,” Alas told the Inquirer over the phone as his Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters try to put a halt to Compton’s Alaska Aces’ four-game winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup.And that’s not all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need this win to establish an identity for ourselves—that we can beat the elite teams in this league,” Alas said of their 7 p.m. clash at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay as the Fuel Masters seek a follow-up to an upset conquest of Barangay Ginebra over the weekend.“You know, the hardest I ever played as a basketball player was against my brother,” Compton said. “I love him, yes, but when we’re on the court, we try to kill each other.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH And that’s how he sees his clash with Alas, his former coach in the MBA with the Manila Metrostars and assistant at Alaska.“We can be friends [again, after the game], but when we’re on the court, we will coach our guts out,” Compton said.Alas pointed out the similarities in their stats and where Alaska holds an edge—in the turnover and turnover points departments, which he helped sharpen while forging Alaska’s gung-ho style of defense.“I think it will be an absolutely exhausting game,” Compton said. “Both teams will play very hard, we are a bunch of blue-collar workers out there.”While Alas will have a complete lineup headed by gunslinger Matthew Wright, Compton said he is “noncommittal” as far as superstar power forward Calvin Abueva is concerned.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though Abueva did practice on Tuesday, Compton said that if the 6-foot-1 bruiser’s family emergency still needs attending to, he won’t stand in the way.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa tries to get back on track and rise above .500 again when the Texters battle KIA Picanto in the 4:30 p.m. contest. MOST READ Ancajas ramps up preps for IBF title defense Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img


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