Aces make it two in a row after sinking Globalport

Paul Lintag on Sep 08, 2017 06:25 PM
Aces make it two in a row after sinking Globalport
Alaska's win pushed its record to 2-6 in the season-ending joust, still alive for a playoff berth despite a disaster 0-6 start and a 14-game losing skid dating back to the Commissioner's Cup.

Well, Alaska has rediscoved its long lost winning formula.

The Aces made it two in a row in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, downing Globalport, 101-88, Friday at the MOA Arena.

Alaska's win pushed its record to 2-6 in the season-ending joust, still alive for a playoff berth despite a disaster 0-6 start and a 14-game losing skid dating back to the Commissioner's Cup.

Fresh from a breakthrough win over rival San Miguel last week, the Aces came out hot against the Batang Pier, unloading an 11-0 run to take an early double-digit lead right in the opening period.

However, Alaska's 13-point advantage would quickly evaporate as Globalport settled down and turned to import Murphey Holloway for some much-needed offense.

Globalport would take over in the second half and force a deadlock after three quarters before the Aces broke away late in the final period.

"I was really happy to see this guys just put together another win. The thing I like about the last two games is hindi malayo sa mga game namin dun sa 14-game losing streak in the the sense na lamang kami, humabol ang kalaban, lumamang na ang kalaban, pero imbis na nag-fold kami, nag-bounce back kami sa game. I think that's what I've been waiting to see," head coach Alex Compton said.

"When it rains, it pours and t was pouring in a bad way for us, bahang baha ang mga bahay namin. We still have a long way to go," he added.

Buck Henton was balling for the Aces, dropping 36 points and 21 rebounds for yet another incredible effort. Three Alaska locals likewise finished in double figures to back him up in scoring led by Calvin Abueva's 12 markers.

Holloway was the high man for the Batang Pier, going for 25 points while Sean Anthony added 19 points.

Starting this time around, Mac Cardona added 12 of his own but star guard Terrence Romeo struggled for only five points.

 

The scores:

ALASKA 101 - Henton 36, Abueva 12, Casio 11, Thoss 10, Baclao 8, Racal 7, Encisio 7, Exciminiano 6, Banchero 2, Pascual 2, Mendoza 0, Cruz 0.

GLOBALPORT 88 - Holloway 25, Anthony 19, Cardona 12, Guinto 10, Cortez 9, Romeo 5, Arana 4, Grey 2, Baracael 2, Celiz 0, Paredes 0.

Quarters: 26-18, 46-45, 67-67, 101-88.

 

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