ROBERT Dozier led Alaska's relentless fourth quarter blitzkrieg as the defending champion Aces atoned for a disappointing debut with a convincing 93-77 victory over GlobalPort in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Paced well by coach Luigi Trillo during the first three quarters, the 6-9 Dozier came out smoking in the payoff quarter, scoring 15 of the Aces' first 17 points while playing a huge role defensively to open an 82-71 lead for the Aces, time down to the final 2:34 of the game.
Alaska's defense also stood its ground during that game-breaking stretch, holding GlobalPort to a single free throw, courtesy of import Evan Brock, during the first nine-and-a-half minutes of the final quarter.
That unforgiving defense sucked the life out of the Batang Pier, who managed to erect a 65-59 lead in the third period behind Jay Wasington's outside sniping.
"Today, when the going gets tough, Robert Dozier gets going. He was getting hit left and right, but he was really hovering around and getting the rebound," said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, whose team got hammered, 85-72 by Talk 'N Text at the start of the conference last Wednesday.
Dozier, last year's Best Import awardee who played just 25 minutes during the first three quarters, finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and one block en route to earning the Best Player of the Game citation.
Guard RJ Jazul and bullstrong forward Gabby Espinas scored 18 points apiece for the Aces.
Brock led the Batang Pier with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Jay Washington added 14 and seven boards as Pido Jarencio remained winless two games into his first head-coaching job in the pro ranks.
Newly-acquired GlobalPort guard Alex Cabagnot finished with 11 points, nine assists and three rebounds.
Alaska 93 - Dozier 25, Jazul 18, Espinas 18, Casio 11, Baguio 7, Thoss 6, Hontiveros 4, Dela Cruz 2, Abueva 2.
GlobalPort 77 - Brock 21, Washington 14, Cabagnot 12, Romeo 11, Macapagal 8, Chua 5, Yee 3, Garcia 3, Nabong 0, Hayes 0, Salva 0, Salvador 0, Custodio 0.
Quarterscores: 23-15, 42-39, 65-67, 93-77