Defense-oriented Alaska unleashes full offensive arsenal in dismantling Rain or Shine
Calvin Abueva provided the spark for Alaska in the first three quarters. Jerome Ascano

WHEN Sonny Thoss buries his first three-pointer in five PBA seasons, you get an inkling of what kind of a night it was bound to be for Alaska.

The defensive-oriented Aces turned into an offensive juggernaut on Saturday when they dismantled Rain or Shine, 128-102, to start gaining some steam in the Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Aces made 49 of their 85 shots for a blistering 58 percent from the field, leaning on a third-quarter breakaway to register their second straight win after starting the conference on the wrong foot.

Alaska also kept the Elasto Painters in disarray as they absorbed as third straight setback against one win.

“It’s just one of those games that the basket got bigger for us and smaller for them,” Aces coach Alex Compton said. “We had run in the third and we just kept building on it.”

Calvin Abueva and import Shane Edwards set the tone for the Aces, scoring 25 and 23 points, respectively, in the first three quarters, while Vic Manuel also inflicted damage with 12 of his 20 markers in the third period.

Then RJ Jazul, Chris Banchero, and Thoss took over in the payoff period, with Jazul firing all but three of his 15 points and Banchero and Thoss adding seven points apiece.

Thoss also knocked down a rare triple midway through the third canto that turned a close fight into a blowout.

Chris Tiu registered a team-high 21 points, the same as Antoine Wright, who, however, wound up scoreless in the fourth where he and the rest of the E-Painters looked listless on defense.

 

The scores:

ALASKA 128 – Abueva 25, Edwards 23, Manuel 20, Jazul 15, Banchero 14, Thoss 10, Baguio 6, Exciminiano 6, Dela Rosa 4, Magat 3, Racal 2, Dela Cruz 0, Eman 0

ROS 102 – Tiu 21, Wright 21, Cruz 16, Ahanmisi 12, Norwood 10, Quinahan 8, Trollano 5, Belga 3, Chan 2, Ibanes 2, Nimes 2, Almazan 0, Ponferada 0

Quarterscores: 29-25, 59-54, 95-78, 128-102

 

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