ERIC Menk hopes to sustain his offensive resurgence — and limit the turnovers — as Alaska seeks to regain the upper hand in its PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Rain or Shine on Monday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
One of the oldest players in the league at 40, Menk poured in a conference-high 18 points and was one rebound away from a double-double, but the Aces bowed to the Elasto Painters, 102-95, in Game Two on Saturday that levelled the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.
The former league MVP was in vintage form, making seven of his 10 shots, including a surprise conversion from beyond the arc in the waning seconds that pulled the Aces within 100-95, capping an Alaska comeback that just fell short.
Menk stepped up as star slotman Sonny Thoss struggled, making only one of eight shots to register a measly three points, three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes.
Turnovers overshadowed Menk’s impressive performance, however, as he committed a seven of the team’s 25 errors — 12 more than the Painters’ miscues.
“We’re going to be better,” Menk assured. “We turned the ball over too much, so we got to clean it up. It’s way too many especially if you’re playing against a really good team such as RoS.”
Turnovers seem to be the barometer in the series as the Painters were more error-prone in the series opener where they committed 19 en route to an 87-80 loss.