Alaska made it game 6 after win over game 5 PBA finals


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Calvin Abueva, Alaska keep title hopes alive with Game 5 win over Rain or Shine.

Facing elimination for the second straight game, the Alaska Aces kept their flickering championship hopes alive after taking Game 5, 86-78, and cut Rain or Shine’s Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals lead down to 3-2 on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Calvin Abueva led the way with 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. He scored half of those in the fourth quarter, which his Aces won, 30-21.


Import Rob Dozier added 14 points and eight rebounds while also finishing with three steals and three blocks. Dondon Hontiveros came up with 12 big points – including three three-pointers – from off the bench while RJ Jazul and Cyrus Baguio both finished in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Alaska started out on an 11-2 run with Baguio, Jazul and Kevin Racal knocking down shots from the outside.

But it didn’t take long before Rain or Shine countered with a big run of their own, with Jeff Chan nailing a three-pointer and Gabe Norwood dunking in transition to spark a 13-0 blast. Pierre Henderson-Niles capped it with a basket in the post to give the team a 17-13 lead.

The Elasto Painters led 19-15 after the opening period.

Chan hit all three of his shots in the first and continued to damage in the second, scoring on a drive to the hoop and a nice cut down the baseline for a three-point play. That helped Rain or Shine keep Alaska at bay, 34-31.

The Aces scored six unanswered points on a Noy Baclao a midrange jumper, a Racal layup and two free throws from Jazul but the Elasto Painters closed out the half with a 6-0 run of their own after Jewel Ponferada scored on an and-one and, after a Chan split, Jericho Cruz made a great backdoor cut to finish the half, 40-37.

Chan had 13 points in the first half while Paul Lee had seven. No one on the Alaska side had more than six.

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The Aces went down by seven points in the third quarter but made a nice rally to reclaim the lead.

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They took advantage of a deliberate foul called on Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga as Abueva took care of two free throws and Jazul hit a three-pointer on the extra possession. Jazul would split from the stripe while Baguio scored on an and-one to make it an 8-0 run.

Despite Alaska momentarily taking the lead, Rain or Shine led, 57-56, heading into the final period.

Hontiveros opened the fourth with a triple and Alaska maintained its lead as they exchanged baskets up until the 6:34 mark when Lee tied the game with a three-pointer, 69-all.

The Aces then made a crucial run, rattling off seven unanswered points. Hontiveros started it with a three-point play before Abueva made a wild drive for a bank shot finish. Jazul then fished Belga’s sixth and final foul and knocked down to free throws, making it 76-69 in Alaska’s favour.

The Elasto Painters weren’t ready to roll over just yet as JR Quinahan sank a midrange jumper and Lee made a strong move to the hoop, 76-73.

Jazul hit two more from the stripe while Dozier laid it in while drawing a foul, though he could not make the extra free throw.

After triple from Quinahan, Abueva sealed it with two big baskets. He received a nice drop pass from Jazul on the baseline for an easy layup down low before making a tough double-clutch floater that made it an eight-point game with 1:14 left to play.


The final score result:

ALASKA 86 – Abueva 20, Dozier 14, Jazul 13, Hontiveros 12, Baguio 11, Banchero 6, Racal 5, Baclao 2, Thoss 2, Dela Rosa 1.

RAIN OR SHINE 78 – Chan 17, Lee 16, Quinahan 9, Cruz 8, Ponferada 8, Henderson Niles 6, Norwood 5, Belga 4, Almazan 2, Ibanes 2, Ahanmisi 1, Tiu 0.

Quarters: 15-19, 37-40, 56-57, 86-78

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