Rob Dozier says Alaska resurgence in PBA Finals down to plain and simple 'effort'
“We haven’t switched anything from what we did since the first game,”  says Rob Dozier after Alaska's win in Game Five. “It’s just effort." Jaime Campos

ROB Dozier feels the momentum has yet to shift to Alaska despite notching their second straight win against Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.

The Aces held off the Elasto Painters, 86-75, in Game Five on Sunday night to trim their opponents’ lead to 3-2 and force a Game Six on Wednesday.

Still, Dozier stressed they’re still trailing.

“We’re down three-two, so I can’t really say we have momentum,” the Aces import said. “We’re still fighting to get in a position where we can win the series.”

“We’re just going to take it one game at a time and just focus on Wednesday and win that game,” added Dozier, who registered 14 points, eight boards, three blocks, three steals, and one assist, while playing honest defense by not committing any foul in almost 40 minutes of play.

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The former Best Import anchored the Aces’ defense that limited the E-Painters to their lowest output in more than a year.

“Offensively, we struggled a little bit, but our defense got us over the hump,” Dozier said as the Aces shot just 41 percent from the field, compare to the E-Painters’ 43%.

“We haven’t switched anything from what we did since the first game,” he added. “It’s just effort. I think the guys are just playing with more effort, communication is better, and we got our rotations down. And it’s been working well.”

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