Aces stay hot after running away from Ginebra
Paul Lintag on Dec 18, 2016 08:59 PM
Calvin Abueva annoyed the Ginebra faithful to the tune of 12 points and five rebounds in just over 17 minutes of play.
What was supposed to be a titanic clash of titans turned into a snoozefest.
Alaska won its third straight game after dropping Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel with a convincing decision Sunday at the Big Dome in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.
Coming off an amazing comeback against Meralco in their last outing, the Aces came out firing in the first quarter and immediately established a double-digit lead.
Already up by 15 at the break, Alaska continued to pound Ginebra well into the second half and even led by as much as 30 before settling for a win.
Following two losses to start the season, the Aces have now climbed to 3-2 at the same time dropping the Gin Kings to a rather disappointing 2-3 mark.
"I'm actually a little surprised withthe result," head coach Alex Compton said following the win.
"I was prepared to be stressed out for two hours and while the stress never goes especially when we couldn't make a shot in the zone, I really thought there was large stretches where our guys' defensive activity, in the halfcourt particularly, we actually did a good job," he added.
RJ Jazul led the Alaska assault with 16 points off the bench while Calvin Abueva annoyed the Ginebra faithful to the tune of 12 points and five rebounds in just over 17 minutes.
Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel likewise came off the pine to score in double figures, adding 10 apiece for the Aces.
The Gin Kings, who remain up and down in the Philippine Cup, got a career-high 19 points from rookie Kevin Ferrer built around five triples.
ALASKA 101 - Jazul 16, Abueva 12, Banchero 10, Manuel 10, Exciminiano 8, Cruz 7, Casio 7, Racal 7, Dela Cruz 6, Mendoza 6, Pascual 6, Hontiveros 4, Magat 2, Galliguez 0,
GINEBRA 86 - Ferrer 19, Aguilar 12, Devance 12, Mercado 8, Thompson 8, Marcelo 7, Cruz 7, Taha 6, Mariano 5, Ellis 2, Caguioa 0, Jamito 0, Tenorio 0.
Quarterscores: 27-15, 59-44, 89-60, 101-86
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