Aces claim no. 2 seed after gutsy victory over Rain or Shine
Paul Lintag on Feb 01, 2017 09:38 PM
With Calvin Abueva bothered by fouls, JVee Casio came through for Alaska as the Aces claimed the no. 2 spot in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.
Despite losing Calvin Abueva to fouls, Alaska took care of its business and went from 0-2 to now holders of a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.
The Aces claimed the no. 2 seed after a gutsy victory against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Winners of their last three games, the Aces head to the playoffs as the number 2 team in the All-Filipino with a 7-4 record. The Alaska victory also nullified Star's earlier win over Mahindra.
Both teams wound up with the same record but Alaska holds the tiebreaker by virtue of its 97-90 overtime win last January 11. The Aces now look ahead to a playoff encounter against Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel.
Playing catch up for most of the contest, Alaska had to use a big fourth-quarter effort to steal the win from Rain or Shine.
Down 79-86, the Aces unloaded an 8-0 run to turn the game around before holding on in the final minute.
"Wow what a game. Rain or Shine is tough. They made runs, they exposed some of our bad rotations but some of our guys just kept fighting," head coach Alex Compton said.
With the Beast limited by fouls all throughout his short 12-minute stint, the Aces turned to JVee Casio for a much-needed lift against an obviously inspired ROS squad.
Casio came through with 25 points and five rebounds for Alaska. Vic Manuel and Sonny Thoss added 13 apiece.
James Yap and Gabe Norwood led Rain or Shine with 16 points each.
Losing four straight games after a 5-2 start, the Elasto Painters now have a date with the Blackwater Elite to settle the no. 8 seed in the quarterfinals.
ALASKA 94 - Casio 25, Thoss 13, Manuel 13, Jazul 12, Mendoza 8, Exciminiano 6, Racal 5, Hontiveros 5, Abueva 4, Galliguez 2, Cruz 1, Pascual 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 89 - Norwood 16, Yap 16, Cruz 12, Chan 10, Tiu 9, Washington 8, Belga 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 4, Trollano 2, Matias 0.
Quarters: 17-19, 43-45, 66-71, 94-89
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