PBA: Simpson returns as Aces lock up no. 2 seed

Paul Lintag on Jul 06, 2018 07:18 PM
PBA: Simpson returns as Aces lock up no. 2 seed
Finishing with an 8-3 mark, the Aces join Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage as they now wait for the no. 7 seed.

Alaska formally takes the no. 2 spot in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The Aces rolled past Phoenix Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome, picking up a huge 114-91 win to enter the playoffs as a top-2 seed.

Finishing with an 8-3 mark, the Aces join Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage as they now wait for the no. 7 seed.

Alaska's win eliminated the Fuel Masters from contention while also allowing Ginebra, Globalport, and Magnolia to advance to the next round as well.

"I like the energy going into the playoffs," head coach Alex Compton said.

"Obviously, Diamon had only a few days but he's defensively and energy-wise gave us really what we needed. I think he blocked and altered a bunch of shots down there," he added.

The Aces entered the game with back-to-back defeats but that didn't look like it as Alaska dominated right from the start

Alaska unloaded a 13-0 run for a 36-17 lead and never looked back. The Aces even led by as many as 27 late in the fourth, 108-81.

Vic Manuel led the way once again, finishing with 28 points and eight rebounds while Diamon Simpson, playing his first PBA game in eight years, added 19 points and 18 rebounds. Sonny Thoss was good for 14 points.

For Phoenix, Eugene Phelps scored 23 points but the Fuel Masters missed the playoffs anew. Phoenix will finish the Commissioer's Cup with a 4-7 record.

 

The Scores: 

 

Alaska (114): Manuel 28, Simpson 18, Banchero 14, Exciminiano 12, Enciso 10, Thoss 7, Teng, 7, Casio 4, Baclao 4, Racal 3, R. Pascual 3, J. Pascual, Galliguez 1, Cruz 0

Phoenix (91): Phelps 23, Wright 13, Perkins 10, Revilla 10, Jazul 8, Intal 6, Eriobu 6, Guevarra 4, Dehesa 4, Wilson 3, Mendoza 3, Chua 1, Kramer 0, Gamboa 0 

Quarter scores: 34-17, 53-42, 80-63, 114-91

 

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