ALASKA recovered from a shocking loss to Air21 just two days earlier, venting its ire on woeful Globalport, 93-85 to regain the solo lead in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces led by as many as 16 points in the first half as they took advantage of the poor play of Batang Pier import Walter Sharpe, who picked four quick fouls and was not much of a factor in the game.
Sharpe, who played for the Detroit Pistons during the 2008-2009 season, could only play 20 minutes after fouling out with 4:23 left in the match. He finished with just two points and five rebounds.
The Batang Pier fought back valiantly without their import, closing the gap at 72-76 on a dazzling spin move by veteran guard Willie Miller off Sonny Thoss and Dondon Hontiveros, 8:21 remaining in the game.
But the Aces dropped a telling 15-4 run from there, sealing the Batang Pier’s sixth straight loss as they fell deep into the cellar with their 2-7 record.
Alaska, on the other hand, regained the solo lead with its 7-2 record, just a shade above Petron Blaze’s 6-2 record.
The Aces missed injured starting guard JV Casio for the second straight game, but coach Luigi Trillo was happy to see third-string guard Raffy Reyes step up in Casio's absence.
The former UE Red Warrior playmaker finished the game with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action.
“It’s nice to see Raffy Reyes step up. Siyempre, malaking kawalan si JV (Casio), who settles our team with his plays,” Trillo said.
Miller and Gary David led the Batang Pier with 22 and 20 points, respectively.
Alaska 93 - Dozier 26, Abueva 15, Baguio 10, Reyes 8, Espinas 8, Jazul 7, Thoss 6, Hontiveros 5, Ramos 4, Dela Cruz 4
Globalport 85 - Miller 22, David 20, Mercado 13, Aguilar 8, Yee 7, Aljamal 4, Antonio 4, Mandani 3, Sharpe 2, Adducul 2, Juntilla 0, Salvador 0
Quarterscores: 22-13, 48-36, 71-61, 93-85