ALASKA pounced on a fellow shorthanded GlobalPort side, cruising to a 107-79 victory on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome to start its PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on a high note.
Facing a Batang Pier side without one-half of the “Slash Brothers” in Terrence Romeo due to an unspecified illness, the Aces zoomed to an early lead and refused to let up to coast to the blowout win.
Cory Jefferson showed he’s a worthy last-minute replacement import as he registered 28 points and 14 boards, while Calvin Abueva provided the spark off the bench anew and tallied 15 points, seven boards, and four assists as the duo led an Aces side that was also undermanned without injured Vic Manuel, JVee Casio, Dondon Hontiveros, and Noy Baclao.
Stanley Pringle took most of the offensive cudgels for GlobalPort in the absence of Romeo.
“The best scorer in the league didn’t play, so that has an impact,” Aces coach Alex Compton said. “I was also happy with how we defended.”
“We really prepared for Terrence and Stanley,” he added. “That team is built on those two guys.”
Pringle played like he’s the Batang Pier’s import, scattering 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, seven boards, six assists, and five steals, against seven turnovers in almost 40 minutes of play.
Sean Williams provided the rebounding, but was left wanting on offense as he finished with just 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting on top of 19 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists in 28 foul-plagued minutes.
Without Manuel, Sonny Thoss and Jake Pascual shouldered more of the interior scoring, tallying 25 points combined, while Simon Enciso stepped up in the absence of Casio as the new recruit chipped in eight points, six assists, and four caroms in 29 minutes.
ALASKA 107 – Jefferson 28, Abueva 15, Thoss 13, Pascual 12, Galliguez 9, Banchero 8, Exciminiano 7, Enciso 6, Magat 4, Racal 3, Dela Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Andrada 0
GLOBALPORT 79 – Pringle 27, Williams 18, Quinahan 8, Canaleta 6, Cortez 6, Pessumal 5, Mamaril 4, Maierhofer 3, Aban 2, Pennisi 0, Paredes 0
Quarterscores: 32-24, 59-42, 81-58, 107-79