ANTIPOLO – Alaska unleashed a crippling run bridging the third and fourth periods as the Aces smothered GlobalPort, 133-106 to galvanize their PBA Governors Cup playoff bid on Wednesday at the Ynares Center.
Holding on to a slim 84-81 lead, the Aces unleashed a 20-7 exchange from there to snuff the life out of the Batang Pier.
Six Alaska players logged in 10 points or more in a balanced scoring attack led by import LaDontae Henton, who finished with a game-high 33 points, to go along with 13 rebounds and four assists.
Calvin Abueva sizzled with a near double-double of 21 points and eight rebounds, while Fil-Italian guard Chris Banchero came off the bench for an all-around effort of 20 points, six boards and four assists.
JVee Casio and Sonny Thoss added 13 apiece, while RJ Jazul chipped in 10 points.
The win pushed Alaska back into playoff contention, improving to 4-5 in a tie for seventh spot with NLEX and Rain or Shine.
On the other hand, GlobalPort lost its second straight game as it dropped to 10th spot in the standings with its 3-6 record.
Although not entirely out of playoff running, the road to the quarterfinals got more difficult for the Batang Pier.
GlobalPort’s “big three” churned out the expected big output as Terrence Romeo led his team with 26 points, import Mike Glover added 25, but just five boards, while Stanley Pringle had 20. – John Bryan Ulanday
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