Aces shut down Kings, move 1 win away from title


Posted at May 17 2013 11:01 PM | Updated as of May 19 2013 01:34 AM

Sonny Thoss soaring high in Alaska's 104-90 win over Ginebra during Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals. The Aces now enjoy a 2-1 lead over the Gin Kings in their best-of-five title series. -- Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska continued its mastery over Barangay Ginebra in Game 2 to move closer to its first PBA title in 3 years.

The Aces again dominated the Gin Kings in a 104-90 win in the second game of their best-of-5 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.

Now with a 2-0 series lead, Alaska is now just one win away from winning the title.

Sonny Thoss led the way for Alaska with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Best Import candidate Rob Dozier added 15.

Obviously affecting Ginebra’s chances was import Vernon Macklin, who was seen limping for most parts of the game.

Macklin only scored 8 points.

The Gin Kings surged in the opening quarter, with LA Tenorio leading the charge for an 11-9 lead.

But the Aces quickly figured things out and overtook the Kings in the second quarter.

At the end of the first half, Alaska was already leading by 17 points, 54-37.

After trailing the Aces by 18 in the third, Ginebra stepped on the gas with Kerby Raymundo and Tenorio producing a mini-run to cut Alaska’s lead to 14.

But Dondon Hontiveros waxed hot from beyond the arc and fired 3 straight shots from that area to push Alaska further, 87-68, with 7 minutes remaining.

The Kings refused to back down and went for a final push that cut the deficit to 10 points, 83-93, with 1:37 minutes to play. 

Alaska, however, would have none of it and closed out Game 2 almost effortlessly for a 2-0 series lead.

Box scores

Alaska 104 - Thoss 16, Dozier 15, Abueva 15, Baguio 15, Hontiveros 15, Casio 13, Espinas 8, Jazul 4, Belasco 3, Dela Cruz 0.

Ginebra 90 - Helterbrand 17, Tenorio 16, Baracael 11, Raymundo 10, Macklin 8, Ellis 8, Labgala 5, Urbiztondo 5, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, Caguioa 2, Maierhofer 0.

Quarters: 25-23, 54-37, 74-56, 104-90