The Global Port exploded in the third quarter to overcome a double-digit deficit and dismantle the Alaska Aces, 91-75, and notch their first win streak in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Alaska picks up 5th straight win after dodging upset from shorthanded GlobalPort
The Alaska Aces had a difficult time beating a decimated GlobalPort Batang Pier but they woke up in time to notch their fifth straight win, 103-101, in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.
Calvin Abueva went beast mode in this one, scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and bucking an ankle injury he sustained in the first quarter.
Shane Edwards added 21 points and 11 boards for Alaska (5-1) which moved to the top spot thanks to their win streak.
GlobalPort’s star backcourt of Terrence Romeo (calf) and Stanley Pringle (ankle) missed the game due to injuries, but that didn’t prevent them from playing a competitive game.
Shawn Taggart, playing in his PBA debut as GlobalPort’s import, filled the scoring void and finished with 36 points and 16 rebounds but the Batang Pier (2-5) still dropped their fourth straight game.
The Batang Pier stunned the Aces right after the opening tip. GlobalPort got off to a 12-4 start and pushed their lead to 14, 30-16.
A triple by Jay Washington early in the second quarter gave GlobalPort their biggest lead at 15, 33-18. The woes only compounded for Alaska as Abueva hurt his ankle after saving a loose ball and crashing to the stands. He returned to the game eventually.
Alaska trimmed their deficit after a strong finishing kick in the second quarter. After being down by 10, the Aces made an 8-0 run to come within two, 48-46.
It was just one of the many repeated rallies by the Aces
The Final Box score Result & Replay
ALASKA 103 – Abueva 29, Edwards 21, Manuel 12, Exciminiano 10, Jazul 8, Banchero 6, Thoss 6, Dela Rosa 5, Casio 2, Eman 2, Menk 2, Dela Cruz 0, Hontiveros 0, Racal 0.
GLOBALPORT 101 – Taggart 36, Jensen 13, Uyloan 12, Fortuna 11, Taha 11, Yeo 7, Washington 5, Mamaril 4, Semerad 2, Kramer 0, Maierhofer 0.
Quarters: 16-30, 48-51, 74-78, 103-101.