ANTIPOLO – Alaska sustained its dominance on both ends, sending TNT KaTropa back to earth with a 110-100 decision in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup matchup on Sunday at the Ynares Center.
Sticking to its trademark stingy defense that translated into transition baskets, the Aces established an early lead and never let up to coast to their straight blowout victory in a heated matchup involving several personalities.
Vic Manuel continued his efficient play with 29 points and 12 boards in less than 25 minutes off the bench, while Tony Campbell did his work early as the Aces tied the Texters at 3-1 to create a momentary four-way logjam on top of the standings.
“I thought our defense against great PBA guards…was pretty solid,” Aces coach Alex Compton said. “To force some misses and take some shots away was very good.”
Jayson Castro still led the Texters with 18 points, six assists, and five boards, but Asia’s Best Point Guard shot just 5-of-13 from the field, while Terrence Romeo also registered 17 points and eight assists, but took 17 shots to reach his total.
The Aces held the Texters to 37-of-95 shooting for a sub-par 38 percent from the field.
On offense, Manuel connected from all angles, with Manuel typifying it by making 12 of his 18 shots in 25 minutes off the bench, including a jumper that gave the Aces their biggest lead at 92-67 early in the fourth quarter, enough cushion to negate a TNT rally.
Campbell tallied a 20-20 of 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting and 20 rebounds along with four assists, and one steal in 35 minutes as he battled through foul trouble.
JVee Casio was the only other Alaska player who scored in double digits with 10 markers on top of three assists, one board, and zero turnover in 26 minutes as the Aces drew a balanced effort from the rest, leading to dishing out 25 assists as a unit.
Jeremy Tyler bounced back from a two-point outing with 16 points and 11 boards, while Troy Rosario also had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds that, however, went to waste.
ALASKA 110 — Manuel 29, Campbell 23, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Banchero 8, Racal 8, Enciso 7, Magat 7, Thoss 5, Teng 4, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Potts 0
TNT 100 — Castro 18, Romeo 17, Tyler 16, Rosario 15, Cruz 10, Pogoy 9, Semerad 5, Trollano 5, Reyes 3, Paredes 2, Carey 0, Garcia 0, Golla 0, Saitanan 0
Quarterscores: 34-26, 59-43, 85-67, 110-100