Aces make quick work of Romeo-less Batang Pier

Aces make quick work of Romeo-less Batang Pier
The Aces took advantage of a Terrence Romeo-less Batang Pier and scored an easy 107-79 victory Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome to kick off the mid-season joust.

Despite having import problems even before the tournament started, Alaska started off the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup with a bang, dominating Globalport in a snoozer.

The Aces took advantage of a Terrence Romeo-less Batang Pier and scored an easy 107-79 victory Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome to kick off the mid-season joust.

Despite the win though, head coach Alex Compton is far from satisfied.

"What as the final? 28 points difference? How many points a game does Terrence [Romeo] average?" Compton said after the blowout. Through the regular season of the Philippine Cup, Romeo averaged 28.7 points per outing.

"It has an impact on the game. The best scorer in the league didn't play so that has an impact on the game," he added.

However, one thing that was particulary great in Alaska's opening win was the play of import Cory Jefferson.

Arriving two days before the Aces' first game, Jefferson came right in and led Alaska with 28 points and 14 rebounds in under 30 minutes.

"I think he's pretty good. He seems like a good guy, a gentleman, and he seems like a good fit for Alaska," Compton said.

Aside from Jefferson's great debut, Alaska locals also had no problem offense as five Aces scored at least eight points with Calvin Abueva leading the way with 15 on top of seven rebounds and four assists.

With Romeo out due to unspecified illness, Stanley Pringle carried the fight for the Batang Pier with 27 points, 15 in the first quarter alone, but it was not enough to stop the Aces from pulling away.

Import Sean Williams added 18 points and 19 rebounds for Globalport.

 

The scores:

ALASKA 107 - Jefferson 28, Abueva 15, Thoss 13, Pascual 12, Galliguez 9, Banchero 8, Exciminiano 7, Enciso 6, Magat 4, Racal 3, Dela Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Andrada 0.

GLOBALPORT 79 - Pringle 27, Williams 18, Quinahan 8, Canaleta 6, Cortez 6, Pessumal 5, Mamaril 4, Maierhofer 3, Aban 2, Pennisi 0, Paredes 0. 

Quarterscores: 32-24, 59-42, 81-58, 107-79

 

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