ROBERT Dozier struck hard in the final quarter, scoring 16 of Alaska’s last 17 points as the Aces regained the solo leadership in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a 92-84 victory over Petron Blaze on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Dozier played with a lot of energy in the paint, finishing with a game-high 32 points on 10-of-15 field goal shooting along with 18 rebounds to give the Aces their eighth victory in 11 matches while playing without injured starters Sonny Thoss and JV Casio.
"I think Robert Dozier is underrated defensively. He’s smart enough and he played well on defense," said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo. "He stepped up for us especially since didn’t have Sonny Thoss, who is our best post defender."
The Boosters dropped their second straight match with import Rodney White, who replaced Renaldo Balkman more than a week ago.
White had another anemic performance, finishing a disappointing two points on 1-of-9 shooting and just seven rebounds in 21 minutes.
Petron remained in third spot with its 6-4 record.
Petron controlled the boards, 50-41, in Thoss' absence, but the boys of rookie coach Olsen Racela failed to buy a single basket in the final 90 seconds when the game was still pretty much undecided.
Marcio Lassiter led the Boosters with 24 points, while Jay Washington fired 22 on a night when Arwind Santos was held to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Santos grabbed 13 rebounds.
Alaska 92 - Dozier 32, Reyes 11, Baguio 11, Hontiveros 11, Abueva 6, Dela Cruz 6, Jazul 5, Espinas 5, Belasco 5, Eman 0
Petron 84 - Lassiter 24, Washington 22, Cabagnot 11, Fajardo 10, Miranda 8, Santos 7, White 2, Lanete 0, Tubid 0, Pena 0
Quarterscores: 19-23, 40-36, 71-65, 92-84