Alaska's Cyrus Baguio soars against San Mig's defenders. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Alaska moved on from its humiliating defeat two days ago with an upset win over PBA Governors' Cup defending champion San Mig Coffee, 93-84, at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday.
The Mixers were forced to their second tournament defeat after Aces import Henry Walker powered Alaska to lead by as much as 22 points against San Mig Coffee.
Walker made amends for his sorry performance against Rain or Shine last Tuesday by scoring 32 points, including 5 triples. He also tallied 13 rebounds to go with his 6 assists and 2 steals.
The locals were also determined to erase the stigma of their bitter defeat by upping their offense.
Vic Manuel had 14 points for Alaska, which also drew 13 and 11 from Cyrus Baguio and Gabby Espinas.
“I’m so young at coaching I wish I can say I did something today but the guys just played with the kind of intensity and drive that makes me proud coaching them,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton said in the PBA website.
“The guys played really well. They showed their heart. I just challenged them and asked them who they are. They went out and showed me exactly who they are.”
Alaska was blasted by Arizona Reid and Rain or Shine by 51 points, 123-72, last Tuesday, giving the Aces the worst beatdown in the history of the franchise.
This time, it was San Mig’s turn to suffer defeat as its import Marqus Blakely could only manage 11 points.
Joe Devance topscored for the Mixers with 14 points.
Alaska improved its record to 3 wins and 4 defeats, while San Mig Coffee sustained its second defeat in six games.
Alaska 93 – Walker 32, Manuel 14, Baguio 13, Espinas 11, Thoss 9, Abueva 6, Casio 5, Dela Cruz 2, Jazul 1, Reyes 0, Hontiveros 0.
San Mig Coffe 84 – Devance 14, Mallari 13, Blakely 11, Simon 10, Maliksi 9, Reavis 9, Sangalang 7, Yap 6, Melton 4, Pingris 1, Barroca 0.
Quarterscores: 17-19, 39-37, 71-58, 93-84