Alaska import LaDontae Henton savors win over crowd favorite Ginebra

Alaska import LaDontae Henton considered the flagrant foul 1 slapped on him midway in the 4th quarter more as a blessing-in-disguise.

The left-handed Henton managed to stay fresh when he returned late in the 4th quarter and through overtime, in stark contrast to his Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee, who went in and out of the game due to leg cramps.

“It definitely made a difference that their import was cramping,” said Henton, who registered 31 points and 9 rebounds to help the Aces secure a 109-100 overtime win against the league’s crowd favorites. “I pride myself in being at the top shape.”

The former Providence standout also showed his range in the extension period, firing 1 of Alaska’s three triples in that stretch to put the game beyond doubt.

“I came in and tried to be more focused, did everything I could for my team to win,” he said, while treating the match against Ginebra as his bounce back game after a so-so performance in Alaska’s 96-100 loss to Meralco last week.

“It was a statement,” he added. “Ginebra was a great team and it was competitive. It was a hard fought game and I’m glad we pulled it out.”

Henton said he enjoyed playing before an electric atmosphere, something he looked forward to experiencing again should the Aces and the Kings meet in the playoffs.

“It was great. I love the atmosphere. The college atmosphere in America is really great so I love playing in an atmosphere like that. I wish it’s like that every game,” he added.  – Jason Mercene

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