ALASKA spoiled Magnolia’s conference debut with a 103-80 win on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Chris Daniels scored 23 points and spearheaded Alaska’s hot shooting from the outside, hitting four of the Aces’ 14 three-pointers.
Alaska also welcomed the return of Vic Manuel from an injury as the Aces picked up their second straight victory to improve to 3-2.
Alaska coach Alex Compton felt the Aces were fortunate to face the Hotshots in their first game following their runner-up finish in the Philippine Cup.
“We caught them kinda tired and lacking in preparation from the finals and the quick turnaround,” said Compton. “You don’t see the team’s best when they are coming off a finals.”
JVee Casio scored 17 points behind a 3-of-5 shooting from three-point land while Jeron Teng added 12 points and once again grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds for the Aces, who led by as many as 28 points in the contest.
Ian Sangalang hit 17 points and nine rebounds, while Mark Barroca had 15 points. Magnolia import John Fields had 12 points in his return to the league after a stint with Columbian Dyip.
Casio hit back-to-back three-pointers in the second quarter as the Aces took a 43-32 lead - the first time the gap reached double figures.
There was more of the same in second half with Daniels hitting back-to-back threes for a 68-52 advantage.
Alaska 103 – Daniels 23, Casio 17, Teng 12, Enciso 11, Cruz 9, Banchero 8, Manuel 6, Thoss 4, Ayaay 4, Babilonia 2, Exciminiano 2, Galliguez 2, Racal 2, Andrada 1, Pascual 0, Potts 0.
Magnolia 80 – Sangalang 17, Barroca 15, Fields 12, Lee 9, Jalalon 7, Herndon 6, Ramos 5, Melton 4, Dela Rosa 3, Brondial 2, Simon 0, Pascual 0.
Quarters: 25-20; 50-38; 89-64; 103-80.