ALASKA'S suffocating defense added to the misery of Barangay Ginebra in an 84-69 on Saturday night in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup Phoenix on Tour game at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte.
The Aces blew a 12-point lead early in the first half, allowing the Gin Kings to pull within 48-49 behind the efforts of new import Vernon Macklin and Mark Caguioa.
But Alaska maintained its composure with Cyrus Baguio, import Robert Dozier and Sonny Thoss hitting key baskets in the second half to run away with its fourth win in a row while keeping Barangay Ginebra winless in four starts.
"We give Ginebra credit. They (Kings) battled really hard, they didnt want to give in. We only came down with the lead in the stretch," said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
The Gin Kings had only themselves to blame as they committed four crucial turnovers in the final period. They also missed numerous open looks from beyond the arc.
Dozier, the 6-9 former Memphis Tiger forward, led the Aces with 20 points, while Thoss finished with 16 markers on 7-of-8 field goal shooting, along with five boards to earn Best Player of the Game honors.
Caguioa paced the winless Gin Kings with 20 points, while Macklin debuted with 16 points. He tried to fire up Barangay Ginebra with several rim-rattling dunks in the second half, but he appeared to have tired out in the final period where he only had two points.
Alaska 84 - Dozier 21, Thoss 16, Espinas 10, Jazul 9, Hontiveros 8, Baguio 8, Abueva 6, Casio 4, Dela Cruz 2, Reyes 0.
Ginebra 69 - Caguioa 20, Macklin 16, Tenorio 8, Ellis 7, Raymundo 6, Mamaril 4, Helterbrand 4, Hatfield 2, Labagala 2, Taha 0, Labagala 0, Baracael 0, Jensen 0.
Quarterscores: 23-17, 43-39, 61-54, 84-69