Aces maintain hot streak in the Commissioner's Cup
Paul Lintag on Mar 29, 2017 06:26 PM
Alaska climbed to 3-0 for the Commissioner's Cup.
Despite a late challenge by young Mahindra, Alaska proved to be steadier down the stretch in taking another win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The Aces continued to roll in the mid-season conference, scoring a 98-92 victory over the Floodbuster Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
Alaska climbed to 3-0 for the Commissioner's Cup, gaining a share of the lead as of posting time with defending champion Rain or Shine and Meralco.
After James White's dunk put Mahindra within five, 82-87, with less than five minutes to go, the Aces showed championship composure and countered with a 10-0 blast to finally put the game away.
Up by 15 with 1:47 to go, Alaska simply went on cruise control as the Floodbuster managed to cut the final deficit to only six points.
Import Cory Jefferson flourished once again for the Aces, scoring 30 points on 57 percent shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Calvin Abueva was the top local for the Aces as the Beast went for 17 points and six boards off the bench.
"Good start, obviously. Cory [Jefferson] got going early. It helps that your import catches fire early," head coach Alex Compton said as Jefferson dropped 26 points in the first half alone to help Alaska build a 10-point lead.
"Itong opponent, takot ako dito. We've lost to Mahindra twice since they started here. Chris [Gavina] has got their guys playing hard," he added.
The Floodbuster, who failed to score back-to-back wins for the first time this conference and dropped to 1-3, got 30 points from White.
Mark Yee and Gary David combined for 23 points in reserve roles while LA Revilla added 12.
ALASKA 98 - Jefferson 30, Abueva 17, Thoss 11, Cruz 8, Racal 8, Enciso 6, Exciminiano 5, Galliguez 5, Andrada 2, Casio 2, Mendoza 2, Pascual 2, Magat 0.
MAHINDRA 92 - White 30, Yee 13, Revilla 12, David 10, Mallari 7, Celda 5, Paniamogan 5, Ballesteros 2, Elorde 2, Galanza 2, Guevarra 2, Teng 2, Caperal 0, Deutchman 0, Salva 0.
Quarters: 28-18, 50-40, 74-61, 98-92.
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