MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces dominated the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 101-86, to secure their third victory in the 2016-17 PBA All-Filipino Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Save for a 2-all deadlock one minute into the first quarter, it was Alaska all the way as the Aces torched the Gin Kings for 12 three-pointers and held them down to only 39% shooting from the field.
Alaska surged ahead by 30 points, 92-62, in the fourth period before a late Ginebra run made the final score more respectable.
"I'm actually a little surprised with the result," admitted Alaska head coach Alex Compton. "I was prepared to be stressed out for two hours."
"But our defensive activity, especially in the half court, was good. We did a good job in scrambling and taking away their shots," he explained.
The Aces were already well in control, 59-44, at the half, thanks to Vic Manuel, who had 10 points while making all but one of his six field goals. Every player that Compton fielded in also contributed at least two points, with RJ Azul, Ping Exciminiano, and Calvin Abueva each scoring six markers.
It was in the third quarter that Alaska completely blew the game open, however. They outscored Ginebra, 30-16, in the frame, holding the Gin Kings to only four-of-16 shooting from the field. Abueva added six more points in the period while also registering a highlight-reel block of Japeth Aguilar.
The Ginebra bench trimmed the lead in the final frame, but they had dug themselves into too deep a hole by that point. Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Ginebra fans were making their way to the exits, and at the two-minute mark, Alaska fans were chanting, "Uwian na," as they celebrated the huge victory.
Alaska finished the game shooting 51% from the field, and made 12 of their 33 three-point attempts. Jazul finished with 16 points, while Abueva had 12 markers. The Aces tallied 26 assists in the contest.
Kevin Ferrer had the best game of his young career as he scored 19 points, making five of his 11 three-pointers. But the other Ginebra players were ice cold: only Scottie Thompson found his mark from beyond the arc, going one-for-three from deep.
Alaska improved to 3-2, joining a five-team tie for third place, while Ginebra dropped to 2-3 ahead of its highly anticipated Manila Clasico showdown against Star on Christmas Day.
ALASKA 101 - Jazul 16, Abueva 12, Banchero 10, Manuel 10, Exciminiano 8, Cruz 7, Casio 7, Racal 7, Dela Cruz 6, Mendoza 6, Pascual 6, Hontiveros 4, Magat 2, Galliguez 0,
GINEBRA 86 - Ferrer 19, Aguilar 12, Devance 12, Mercado 8, Thompson 8, Marcelo 7, Cruz 7, Taha 6, Mariano 5, Ellis 2, Caguioa 0, Jamito 0, Tenorio 0.
Quarter scores: 27-15, 59-44, 89-60, 101-86
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