SAN Mig Coffee continued its amazing climb up the standings after handing Alaska its first defeat in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, 75-68, on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Mixers turned the game into a full-blown rout behind a defense that held Alaska scoreless for the last eight-and-a-half minutes of the third period for a 62-39 bubble entering the final period.
The closest the Aces got was 65-73 with 1:47 left in the game before last season’s best import Denzel Bowles scored on a follow-up dunk then blocked a Robert Dozier attempt on the other end to put the game away.
San Mig has now won its last three games to tie idle Barako Bull and Meralco in fourth spot on 3-3.
On the other hand, Alaska saw its five-game winning streak halted to drop to a share for the top spot with Petron at 5-1.
“They didn’t shoot the ball really well tonight. We had a bunch of accidental defenses that left them wide-open but JV wasn’t lucky,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone.
“We spent the game trying to exploit mismatches and running and jumping on Denzel’s back. That was the kind of game plan going in and it served us well,” he added.
Less than a week after smashing powerhouse Talk ‘N Text, 92-69, Alaska could not find the mark as it shot just 30.6 percent overall (22-of-72), while making only three of 18 attempts from beyond the three-point arc.
The Aces were also outrebounded, 54-45, by the more physical San Mig squad.
Since Cone’s transfer to San Mig at the start of the 2011-2012 PBA season, Alaska remains winless in seven matches against its former coach.
Trillo also dropped to 0-4 overall in his one-on-one coaching duel with his longtime mentor.
San Mig Coffee 75 - Bowles 16, Yap 11, Barroca 10, Devance 10, Simon 10, Najorda 6, Pingris 6, De Ocampo 5, Reavis 1, Mallari 0, Gaco 0, Gonzales 0
Alaska 68 - Dozier 16, Thoss 13, Jazul 10, Espinas 8, Baguio 7, Abueva 6, Hontiveros 5, Casio 3, Ramos 0, Dela Cruz 0