ALASKA leaned on a balanced effort to dismantle KIA, 101-63, on Friday, dealing the expansion side its worst loss in franchise history in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Five players scored in double figures and three more added at least seven points for the Aces, who went aggressive from the get-go and were rewarded with the one-sided win, their fifth in seven games that tightened their grip on third spot.
Vic Manuel scored 17 points off the bench, Romeo Travis, Chris Banchero, and Dondon Hontiveros added 14 markers, while Calvin Abueva churned out 15 rebounds, eight rebounds, and six assists in just 11 minutes.
“It was a superior effort from all the guys in our team,” Aces coach Alex Compton said. “They played hard until the final buzzer.”
As a result, the Aces dealt the Carnival their third loss in six games and their worst since suffering an 87-55 defeat at the hands of Ginebra in the Philippine Cup last October in Lucena.
Alaska zoomed to a quick start with an 11-point lead after the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead throughout thanks to a relentless effort, especially on the defensive end that held their opponents to just 33.3 percent shooting and forced them to commit 23 turnovers.
On offense, everything seemed to go in for the Aces, best typified by Hontiveros, who had a flawless outing that saw the Cebuano Hotshot make all his five shots, including four three-pointers, and committed no turnover and foul in 16 minutes.
Hamady N’Diaye registered 18 points, seven boards, and three blocks, but was hobbled after Abueva poked his eye in the second half, while LA was limited to just three points after the standout rookie playmaker missing all but one of his six shots in 29 minutes.
The Carnival thus reeled to their second straight loss after surrendering to defending champion Star, 89-80, last time.
ALASKA 101 – Manuel 17, Travis 14, Banchero 14, Hontiveros 14, Casio 11, Jazul 9, Abueva 8, Exciminiano 7, Baclao 2, Menk 2, Thoss 2, Dela Rosa 1, Dela Cruz 0, Eman 0, Baguio 0
KIA 63 – N'Diyae 18, Chang 10, Avenido 7, Dehesa 5, Pascual 4, Alvarez 4, Nuyles 4, Revilla 3, Bagatsing 2, Ighalo 2, Thiele 2, Yee 2, Parreno 0, Buensuceso 0, Webb 0, Deutchman 0
Quarterscores: 23-12, 42-30, 70-49, 101-63