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    Alaska almost perfect in buildup for new season

    Sep 23, 2012
    Cyrus Baguio shines as Alaska aces another test in the preseason. Jerome Ascano

    CEBU CITY - Alaska capped a successful sojourn to the South with a 76-65 win over M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu Ninos on Sunday at the Cebu Coliseum.

    The win gave the Aces a perfect 3-0 win-loss record to rule the four-team Mayor Mike Rama Cup and head to the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup on a high. The Aces defeated San Mig Coffee, 84-77, late Saturday night with JV Casio scoring 18 points.

    The Aces, coming off one of their worst seasons in franchise history, are now 6-1 in the preseason.

    Tony Dela Cruz led the way for Alaska with 13 points while Cyrus Baguio, who played his high school ball at Southwestern University, added 10.

    M. Lhuillier got 12 points each from Mark Magsumbol and Abby Santos.

    The match was controlled by Alaska from the second period and although the Niños launched several rallies, the Aces managed to hold them off.

    The Aces led by as many as 15 points but the Niños sliced it to just four, 58-62, after a three-point bomb by Stephen Padilla.

    Alaska then increased the advantage with a 10-1 run, with Nic Belasco hitting an undergoal stab and Baguio slicing down the lane for a spectacular lay-in.

    Local hero Dondon Hontiveros finished things with a lay-up off a nice cut along the baseline for a 72-59 lead, with two minutes left in the game.

    Alaska blew the game wide open in the second quarter with a sizzling 20-2 run that gave them a 37-25 lead at halftime after trailing 17-23. 

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    Cyrus Baguio shines as Alaska aces another test in the preseason. Jerome Ascano
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