Alaska pushes San Mig Coffee to the edge
MANILA – Alaska made crucial stops in the final period to hack out a tough 112-105 win against San Mig Coffee, pushing the Mixers to the brink of elimination in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals at the MOA Arena.
The Aces limited the Mixers to just 16 points while staging a huge comeback from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Cyrus Baguio, who finished with 17 points before fouling out, sparked the rally that received able support from import Wendell McKines and Jayvee Casio.
McKines ended up with a double-double performance of 38 points and 13 rebounds, while Casio had 21 markers.
Alaska now needs to beat San Mig Coffee one more time on Friday to reach the semifinals. The Mixers came into the contest with a twice-to-beat edge over the Aces.
“We can’t be satisfied now. We can’t celebrate. We have one more game to take care of,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo in the league website.
Marqus Blakely tallied 27 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for San Mig coffee, but came up short during crunch time.
What hurt the Mixers’ the most was Blakely’s poor performance on the free throw line. The 6’5” import made only 13 of his 22 free throws.
“Blakely is a beast but he needs to prove he can make free throws,” said Trillo.
Alaska 112 – McKines 38, Casio 21, Thoss 17, Baguio 17, Espinas 7, Abueva 5, Dela Cruz 4, Jazul 3, Hontiveros 0.
San Mig Coffee 105 – Blakely 27, Simon 15, Reavis 12, Yap 11, Pingris 11, Devance 10, Maliksi 8, Barroca 6, Mallari 5.
Quarterscores: 30-21, 59-58, 81-89, 112-105