ALASKA hopes to get the same effort from its big men the way they did in the series-opener as the Aces shoot for a sweep of the Meralco Bolts when they clash on Game Two of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-three quarterfinals on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces dominated behind the post plays of Sonny Thoss and Gabby Espinas en route to a 90-84 win in the series opener on Wednesday. Alaska goes for the killer blow at 5:15.
“It’s nice to dump the ball to Sonny. He was in his comfort zone. He was passing and doing the plays,” said Aces coach Luigi Trillo.
The 6-foot-7 Thoss dominated the paint, defending and scoring when given the opportunity, and finishing with a near double-double of 10 points and eight rebounds to go along with two shot blocks against Meralco’s undersized frontline.
The 6-4 Espinas, meantime, dominated rookie forward Clifford Hodge on defense en route to a 19-point performance on 8-of-11 shooting.
The big men’s fine performances lifted Alaska on a night that it failed to get the usual double-double numbers from top rookie Calvin Abueva, who fouled out early in the final period.