ALASKA Milk erected a big lead early in the final period then held off San Mig Super Coffee’s endgame charge, 84-80 to book its first win in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
The Aces held San Mig to just two field goals in the first seven minutes of the fourth period to built a 79-61 spread which proved just enough to cushion a 12-2 finishing kick by the Mixers.
The win came as a huge birthday gift for Alaska to team owner Fred Uytengsu, who turned 52 on Friday and as part of his celebration had vowed to donate P52,000 for every point difference Alaska had in the win.
“It’s Mr Uytengsu’s birthday today. I’m just happy to be able to do this for him,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo after his team bounced back from a 74-87 season-opening loss to Rain or Shine last Sunday.
“He called me and spoke to management. He said everybody is doing their share in helping for (Typhoon) Yolanda (victims) so we’re not having Christmas party this year,” he said.
“He found a way to give P40 million to the Yolanda victims and for every point we were up, he’s donating P52,000.”
Big man Sonny Thoss led the Aces with 19 points, eight assists and two steals while serving as the team’s defensive anchor, allowing Alaska to whip a San Mig team that only resumed practice last week.
Cyrus Baguio added 18 while JV Casio had 15, helping Alaska avenge its loss to San Mig during their quarterfinal tussle in last season’s Governors Cup. The Mixers went on to bag the title in the season-ending conference.
San Mig star James Yap bounced back from a sub-par game against Barangay Ginebra with 19 points and six rebounds, but the Mixers appeared rusty and still out of their rhythm compared to the sharper, more determined Aces side.
San Mig dropped to 0-2 in the company with Meralco, which earlier bowed to Rain or Shine, 89-94.
ALASKA 84 - Thoss 19, Baguio 18, Casio 15, Jazul 8, Ramos 8, Abueva 7, Espinas 6, Dela Cruz 2, Avenido 1, Hontiveros 0, Eman 0.
SAN MIG 80 - Yap 19, Sanggalang 15, Barroca 13, Pingris 11, Reavis 8, Mallari 6, Holstein 4, Acuna 2, Gaco 2, Alvarez 0, De Ocampo 0, Cawaling 0.
Quarterscores: 26-17, 43-38, 69-59, 84-80