The Alaska Aces kept their playoff campaign alive after surviving a tough clash with Tropang TNT, 85-81, to force a do-or-die rubber match for the a place in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska, the No. 3 seed in these playoffs, and Tropang TNT will have a chance to move into the semifinals with a win in Game Three.
The Aces closed the game out on an 11-4 run to come away with the win.
Import Rob Dozier led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss each added 15 for Alaska.
Thoss also had eight rebounds while Abueva played some terrific defense on top of his contribution on the offensive end.
They needed to weather a huge performance from TNT import David Simon, who had 31 points and 15 rebounds in the game. Jayson Castro, too, had a solid game, shrugging off a slow start to finish with 17 points, 11 assists and five rebounds.
The Final Boxscore Result:
ALASKA 85 – Dozier 18, Thoss 15, Abueva 15, Jazul 10, Dela Cruz 9, Baguio 7, Manuel 4, Hontiveros 3, Banchero 2, Exciminiano 2, Baclao 0, Menk 0.
TROPANG TNT 81 – Simon 31, Castro 17, De Ocampo 15, Rosario 8, Tautuaa 7, Ababou 3, Fonacier 0, Rosser 0, Reyes R. 0, Reyes J. 0, Williams 0.
Quarters: 20-16, 40-38, 67-63, 85-81