McKay's monster effort deals Alaska a second straight loss

McKay's monster effort deals Alaska a second straight loss
Phoenix snapped a two-game skid to improve to 3-4 in the mid-season conference while the Aces dropped to 4-2 following back-to-back defeats.

Losing a heartbreaker to Rain or Shine on Holy Wednesday, Phoenix responded with a gutsy performance to get its 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign back on track.

The Fuel Masters took advantage of a Calvin Abueva-less Alaska Aces to score a 94-86 victory Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Phoenix snapped a two-game skid to improve to 3-4 in the mid-season conference while the Aces dropped to 4-2 following back-to-back defeats.

Behind a monster effort from import Jameel McKay, the Fuel Masters controlled most of the game, creating some separation in the fourth with an 8-0 run for a 78-66 lead before weathering a final Alaska run.

McKay finished with a conference-high 42 points on top of 22 rebounds He also had two steals and two blocks.

Former Aces Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul also did some heavy lifting for Phoenix, helping the Fuel Masters beat Alaska for the first time in franchise history. The two veteran guards combined for 22 points in starting roles.

"I think us executing through RJ and through Cyrus got Jameel touches and got Matthew [Wright] going in the third quarter, they're instrumental to this victory," head coach Ariel Vanguardia said on the pair of former Aces he has on his squad.

Missing Calvin Abueva as the Beast waits for his facial mask to protect his busted lip, the Aces have dropped two straight after starting a perfect 4-0.

Cory Jefferson led Alaska with 31 points and 13 rebounds but only JVee Casio turned in a decent performance from the local crew, scoring 14 off the bench.

 

The Scores:

PHOENIX 94 – McKay 42, Baguio 12, Jazul 10, Borboran 7, Wright 7, Kramer 6, Alolino 5, Miranda 5, Dehesa 0, Torres 0.

ALASKA 86 – Jefferson 31, Casio 14, Thoss 8, Exciminiano 6, Mendoza 6, Racal 6, Enciso 5, Cruz 3, De la Cruz 3, Andrada 2, Hontiveros 2, Pascual 0.

Quarters: 25-19; 42-36; 66-62; 94-86.

 


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