PBA: Aces bounce back by thrashing Columbian

Paul Lintag on Feb 06, 2019 06:36 PM
PBA: Aces bounce back by thrashing Columbian
With most of their Finals core out due to injury, the Aces turned to their role players and they produced.

Despite being severely undermanned, Alaska still proved to be too much for upstart Columbian.

The Aces picked up their first win of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup in convincing fashion Wednesday, thrashing the Dyip, 94-72, at the MOA Arena.

Alaska bounced back from a beatdown suffered at the hands of Rain or Shine last Sunday and improved to 1-1.

With most of their Finals core out due to injury, the Aces turned to their role players and they produced.

Carl Bryan Cruz led Alaska in scoring with 20 points and nine rebounds while Jake Pascual was not far behind with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Ping Exciminiano finished with 12 markers.

“Really, really proud of our defense, clearly won us the game,” head coach Alex Compton said.

“We had two days to prepare, and we talked about how this game was an opportunity to bounce back from the absolute whoopin' we took from Rain or Shine. And we only dressed 10 players, and all 10 of them played, and I thought they all played hard. I really appreciate my guys' efforts.,” he added.

Columbian dropped to 2-4 following a third straight loss.

The Dyip got 15 points from no. 1 rookie CJ Perez while Jackson Corpuz powered through for 12 markers.


The Scores:

Alaska 94 - Cruz 20, Pascual 13, Exciminiano 12, Banchero 10, Potts 9, Teng 8, Ayaay 8, Baclao 6, Thoss 4, Galliguez 4.

Columbian 72 - Perez 15, Corpuz 12, Khobuntin 8, Cabrera 6, Reyes 5, Escoto 5, Gabriel 5, Cahilig 4, Camson 4, Calvo 4, McCarthy 2, Tabi 2, Agovida 0.

Quarters: 20-13, 46-36, 68-50, 94-72.

 

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