Alaska whipped Talk ‘N Text, 110-100, and threw wide open the race in the elimination round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Aces sized up the Texters early in the game and soon stepped up their drive in both ends of the court as they ran rings around their opponents with wild abandon.
“I thought our defense against great PBA guards….was pretty solid,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton after the win. “To force some misses and take some shots away was very good.”
The Aces clinched their third win in four outings and tied their victims and two others – Meralco and Rain or Shine – for the lead in the provisional standings.
Vic Manuel was easily the most consistent among the Aces as he cut loose with 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a performance well complemented by Antonio Campbell who finished with 23 points and 20 rebounds, 14 of which were defensive.
Talk ‘N Text drew big games from Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Jeremy Tyler, Troy Rosario and RR Cruz who all finished in double-figures, but they simply failed to match the intensity of the Aces who shot better in their 47% marksmanship. TNT had 38% shooting clip in the game.
Leading only by eight after the fist quarter, the Aces stepped up their offensive while going all out on their defense.
Campbell started the second quarter with a three-point play and added a three-pointer to highlight a 15-6 scoring run capped by Chris Banchero’s baseline jumper which enabled the Aces to pad a 34-26 first quarter lead into 49-35 midway in the second.
The Aces’ offense continued to work well in the face of the TNT’s seemingly anemic defense, and this time, it was Jerone Teng, Jayvee Casio and Vic Manuel who did the most damage as Alaska hit the turn with a 59-43 lead.
Since posting that lead, the Aces never got seriously threatened after that. They even stretched their lead to as many as 85-64 late in the third.
The Aces sustained their run and built a 23-point cushion (96-73) early in the fourth.
Alaska (110) – Manuel 29, Campbell 23, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Banchero 8, Racal 8, Enciso 7, Magat 7, Thoss 5, Teng 4, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Potts 0.
Talk ‘N Text (100) – Castro 18, Romeo 17, Tyler 16, Rosario 15, Cruz 10, Pogoy 9, Semerad 5, Trollano 5, Reyes 3, Paredes 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Garcia 0, Saitanan 0.
Quarterscores: 34-26, 59-43, 85-67, 110-100.