Cone, San Mig extend mastery over Aces
MANILA, Philippines – Multi-titled head coach Tim Cone continued his winning way against his former team as the San Mig Coffee Mixers beat the Alaska Aces in a low-scoring affair, 77-68, at Hoopsdome in Lapu-Lapu City Saturday night.
San Mig rolled to their sixth victory against two losses in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, tying the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for second place.
Meanwhile, the Aces lost for the second straight game after putting together a five-game winning streak in the conference.
According to PBA.ph, Cone has won all five games that he has played against Alaska since taking over the head-coaching duties at San Mig (formerly B-Meg Derby Ace).
The Aces led by as much as nine points in the second quarter and took a 26-22 lead at halftime, but the Mixers rallied in the third quarter to take a 47-43 lead.
San Mig would eventually lead by as much as 13 points in the final canto, with Joe Devance firing 14 of his 18 points in that period.
It was Devance who spearheaded the Mixers’ decisive run, drilling three triples in the fourth period to help break a close game wide open.
Guard Mark Barroca outplayed his Alaska counterpart, JV Casio, especially in the final period. Barroca scored seven points in the last three minutes of the game, highlighted by two consecutive drives at Casio’s expense, to help keep the Aces at bay.
Barroca wound up with 15 points. PJ Simon also scored 15 while James Yap had 11 points.
Cyrus Baguio led all scorers with 19, while Casio finished with 12 and Sonny Thoss had 11. Alaska’s hardworking rookie Calvin Abueva only had eight points, however, and sat out the last few seconds of the game after getting knocked down by Yancy de Ocampo inside the paint.
De Ocampo was assessed a flagrant foul penalty one on the play.
The Aces’ record dropped to 5-4, putting them in fourth place in the league standings.
Sa Mig Coffee 77 – Devance 18, Simon 15, Barroca 15, Yap 11, De Ocampo 8, Villanueva 4, Pingris 2, Gonzales 2, Reavis 2.
Alaska 68 – Baguio 19, Casio 12, Thoss 11, Abueva 8, Baracael 5, Hontiveros 4, Jazul 3, Dela Cruz 2, Espinas 2, Eman 1, Laure 0, Belasco 0.
Quarterscores: 12-14, 22-26, 47-43, 77-68