Alaska defeat Barangay Ginebra Final Result 86-80 March 9, 2016. Both Alaska and Barangay Ginebra entered their 2016 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup clash on three-game winning streaks but it was only the Aces’ run that was left standing following an 86-80 victory over the Kings on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska (4-1) has now won four consecutive games while Ginebra dropped down to 3-3 after seeing its own streak snapped.
Import Shane Edwards had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to pace Alaska while Calvin Abueva also came up big with 17 points and nine boards.
RJ Jazul finished with 16 points, including several crucial points in the endgame, while Sonny Thoss chipped in with 10.
Ginebra got a dominant showing from import Greg Slaughter in the first half. The 7-footer opened the game with 15 big points and seven rebounds in the first quarter alone as he led his team to a 25-20 lead.
He continued his fine play in the second quarter as he upped his numbers to 22 points and eight rebounds by the halftime break but even his herculean effort wasn’t enough to place his Kings in front after a lackluster showing from the rest of the team.
Though Slaughter’s frontcourt partner Japeth Aguilar was solid with eight points, the rest of the squad shot a combined 3-for-32 from the field. Ginebra import Othyus Jeffers struggled for just 0-for-13 over the first two periods, though he did have 14 rebounds, while LA Tenorio shot just 1-for-6.
That allowed Alaska to get back in the game after outscoring Ginebra their opponents, 22-14, in the second quarter to take a three-point advantage, 42-39, into the halftime break.
Edwards led the Aces with 14 points while Abueva had eight markers.
Alaska then opened the third on a 17-6 run as they pushed their lead to 14 big points, 59-45, on an Abueva three-pointer.
But Jeffers and Joe Devance spearheaded a Ginebra comeback, combining to score 10 consecutive points for the Kings. Rookie crowd favorite Scottie Thompson and Chris Ellis then scored back-to-back baskets to bring Ginebra all the way back, 61-all, after 14 unanswered points.
The Aces, though, managed to take the lead back, ending the period with a 67-62 lead.
Alaska took control of the game again in the fourth, as they went on a 10-2 run to stretch the lead back up to double figures, 77-66.
Edwards punctuated the run with a huge alley-oop slam off a pass from teammate Cyrus Baguio on the break.
But Ginebra would not be cowed, coming back to threaten yet again. Aguilar started things off with a basket before Jeffers, who had shrugged his tough first half by this point, chipped away at the Alaska lead with eight straight points to bring his Kings back to within one point, 79-78, with 2:42 remaining.
But Jazul stepped up to hit a big shot for the Aces, knocking down a three-pointer to make it a four-point game, 82-78.
The teams traded defensive stops after that before the Kings finally caught a break as Jervy Cruz rebounded an Aguilar miss from the right corner and drew a foul before knocking down two free throws, 82-80, although they left only 16 seconds left on the clock.
That left them with little choice but to foul and Jazul made sure to knock down both of his attempts to all but seal the win.
ALASKA 86 – Edwards 25, Abueva 17, Jazul 16, Thoss 10, Baguio 7, Manuel 5, Banchero 2, Exciminiano 2, Hontiveros 2, Casio 0, Dela Rosa 0, Eman 0, Menk 0.
GINEBRA 80 – Slaughter 28, Jeffers 21, Aguilar 10, Devance 10, Tenorio 4, Ellis 3, Cruz 2, Thompson 2, Caguioa 0, Helterbrand 0, Marcelo 0, Mercado 0.
Quarters: 20-25, 42-39, 67-62, 86-80.