OPPO Governor’s Cup 2016 PBA schedule Alaska latest standing top 10 vs Purefoods Star Hotshots top 11 rank update stats. Full game replay result, recap,video highlights and post your reaction.
The Aces opened the period with an 11-0 run with Ping Exciminiano giving his team a big offensive boost with fastbreak finish and a three-pointer, Abueva and Sonny Thoss scoring off offensive rebounds and JVee Casio making the Hotshots pay for incurring a pair of technical fouls, knocking down two from the charity stripe.
Alaska’s free agent pickup, Abel Galliguez, added a big triple that made it 32-21 for the Aces in the big turnaround.
Star’s problems were compounded by an injury scare for superstar James Yap, who seemed to hyperextend his knee landing from a rebound and had to be assisted off the floor by teammates.
RJ Jazul capped the period with another three that made it a whopping 16-point difference, 41-25, at the half.
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Alaska threatened to blow the game wide open at the start of the third quarter after Thoss and Kevin Racal hit on back-to-back baskets to make it a 20-point game, 45-25, forcing Star coach Jason Webb to burn an early timeout.
But Star import Joel Wright and guard RR Garcia responded well for the Hotshots, getting their offensive games going after the ceasefire. The two combined to score the team’s next 23 points.
Wright accounted for 15 points, including a monster dunk that drew cheers from the crowd, while Garcia added eight, including a big three-pointer and a technical free throw, as the Hotshots came back to within single digits.
Justin Melton, the only other Hotshot to score in the third quarter, hit some free throws late in third as Star came to as close as seven, 57-50.
Despite Alaska pushing the lead back up to double figures, Wright led a Star comeback as they went on a 12-2 run that cut the difference down to just three, 66-63.
But the Aces had a fortunate possession where Racal finished on an and-one and cleaned up his own missed free throw to make it a nine-point contest, 72-63.
Henton would later hit two three-pointers to help push the lead back up to double-digits while Thoss hit some late baskets to help preserve the win as well.
Alaska 85 – Henton 27, Abueva 10, Baclao 8, Thoss 8, Racal 6, Casio 5, Exciminiano 5, Jazul 5, Banchero 3, Galliguez 3, Hontiveros 3, Magat 0, Dela Rosa 0.
Star 69 – Wright 30, Garcia 15, Pingris 8, Melton 4, Barroca 3, Simon 3, Maliksi 2, Sangalang 2, Yap 2, Brondial 0, Mallari 0, Pascual 0, Reavis 0.
Quarters: 16-18, 41-25, 57-50, 85-69