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    Abueva, Hontiveros star as Alaska lives on with upset win over Ginebra

    Jan 22, 2014
    An airborne LA Tenorio battles three Alaska defenders. Jerome Ascano

    CALVIN Abueva and Dondon Hontiveros injected the energy Alaska sorely needed in yet another win-or-go-home situation, helping the Aces pull off a huge 104-97 upset of  top seed Barangay Ginebra to forge a do-or-die match for a semifinals berth in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.

    The 6-foot-1 Abueva played through a sprained right ankle by diving for the loose ball, hustling on defense, while repeatedly scoring over bigger defenders to finish with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds that helped the no. 8 seed team pull off the win and live for another day at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday night.

    “We have a golden opportunity on Saturday to make something extra special. But now we just have to focus and be prepared,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, whose team plays Ginebra in a winner-take-all on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

    The Aces, who took with them a slim four-point lead at the half, made the decisive move midway in the third quarter when they uncorked a 13-4 exchange to jump off to an 80-69 lead.

    Alaska managed to sustain the surge, parrying off several Ginebra mini-rallies to win its third straight game in four days.

    Trillo gave credit to the “Beast” for coming out with a superlative performance that fired up the embattled Aces.

    “It’s just nice to see him (Abueva) play well also. It’s (game) been a tough one for him,” said Trillo.

    “I didn’t think he could play because he has sprained his ankle. But he’s motivated. Right now, I don’t want him to be satisfied because it’s just one game,” he added.

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    “We’re gonna need Calvin to do the same thing again on Saturday.”

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    An airborne LA Tenorio battles three Alaska defenders. Jerome Ascano
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