(UPDATED) Alaska crushed defending champion Barangay Ginebra en route to an 89-75 victory in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga on Friday.
Despite getting off a two-week hiatus due to health protocols, the white shirts stymied the Gin Kings to pocket their third win in nine games.
Abu Tratter top-scored for the undermanned Aces with 13 points and four rebounds and did an excellent job limiting Ginebra's Christian Standhardinger to just nine points.
Alaska took advantage of Ginebra's flat start, outscoring the Kings 23-8 in the first quarter.
Making it more difficult for Ginebra was the absence of Japeth Aguilar who sat out the game due to a sprained MCL.
"It feels good to be back playing, and it feels better to be able to win," said head coach Jeff Cariaso.
"We're here for a reason. Today, we survived and tomorrow's another game."
However, the Aces will have a tough task at hand on Saturday when they meet TNT Tropang Giga at 4:35 p.m.
Ginebra's title retention bid took a big hit as it fell to 4-6. The defending champions was relegated to eighth spot and might just miss the trip to the quarterfinals.
Alaska 89 - Tratter 13, Digregorio 11, Herndon 10, Ahanmisi 10, Teng 10, Brondial 9, Marcelino 8, Banal 8, Casio 6, Adamos 4, Ilagan 0, Ebona 0, Stockton 0, Publico 0, Taha 0.
Ginebra 75 - Pringle 20, Thompson 17, Standhardinger 9, Tenprio 8, Ayaay 7, Mariano 6, Devance 4, Dillinger 2, Tolentino 2, Salado 0, Caperal 0, Enriquez 0, Aguilar 0, J. Aguilar 0, Holmqvist 0.
Quarters: 23-8, 43-25, 66-52, 89-75.