4 more wins.
The 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Semi Finals featured a match-up between the Alaska Aces, one of the league’s best defensive teams, and Global Port Batang Pier, a team known for its offensive prowess. It was the shield versus the sword, with both teams playing to their strengths, but in the end, it was the Aces that came out on top, sweeping Games 2 to5 to secure their slot in the Finals.
“For me it’s always about our character and how we’re playing and the effort we put in the floor,” said the Aces Head Coach Alex Compton in the post-game press conference. “Hopefully we’ll keep getting off any mistakes and I would really love to win 4 games in the next series, that would be wonderful.”
The Aces now find themselves in a familiar situation, as this is the team’s 29th Finals appearance in their 30 year history. PBA fans across the country now wait with bated breath to see if the Aces will be facing off against the defending San Miguel Beermen, or a first-ever Finals matchup against the Rain or Shine Elastopainters. Either way, the Aces will face anyone they need to in their quest for their 15th championship.
So what does it take to win a championship?
Beyond strategies, key matchups, plays, and statistics – a championship is won by the one who wants it the most. Champions do not let destiny decide the outcome of their journeys; it is they who write the stories that will shape history. To be a champion, you need to have the fiery heart of one, with every burning beat pointing towards the ultimate goal. Whatever happens now, and whoever the Aces will face in the finals, they and their legions of fans will be ready – because that’s what champions do.
4 more wins.