Aces shut down Kings, move 1 win away from title
MANILA, Philippines – Alaska continued its mastery over Barangay Ginebra in Game 2 to move closer to its first PBA title in 3 years.
The Aces again dominated the Gin Kings in a 104-90 win in the second game of their best-of-5 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.
Now with a 2-0 series lead, Alaska is now just one win away from winning the title.
Sonny Thoss led the way for Alaska with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Best Import candidate Rob Dozier added 15.
Obviously affecting Ginebra’s chances was import Vernon Macklin, who was seen limping for most parts of the game.
Macklin only scored 8 points.
The Gin Kings surged in the opening quarter, with LA Tenorio leading the charge for an 11-9 lead.
But the Aces quickly figured things out and overtook the Kings in the second quarter.
At the end of the first half, Alaska was already leading by 17 points, 54-37.
After trailing the Aces by 18 in the third, Ginebra stepped on the gas with Kerby Raymundo and Tenorio producing a mini-run to cut Alaska’s lead to 14.
But Dondon Hontiveros waxed hot from beyond the arc and fired 3 straight shots from that area to push Alaska further, 87-68, with 7 minutes remaining.
The Kings refused to back down and went for a final push that cut the deficit to 10 points, 83-93, with 1:37 minutes to play.
Alaska, however, would have none of it and closed out Game 2 almost effortlessly for a 2-0 series lead.
Alaska 104 - Thoss 16, Dozier 15, Abueva 15, Baguio 15, Hontiveros 15, Casio 13, Espinas 8, Jazul 4, Belasco 3, Dela Cruz 0.
Ginebra 90 - Helterbrand 17, Tenorio 16, Baracael 11, Raymundo 10, Macklin 8, Ellis 8, Labgala 5, Urbiztondo 5, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, Caguioa 2, Maierhofer 0.
Quarters: 25-23, 54-37, 74-56, 104-90