Rampaging Alaska humbles hobbled Ginebra

InterAksyon.com · Wednesday, April 13, 2014 · 7:12 pm

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel got a piece of good news on Sunday after GlobalPort defeated Barako Bull, which gave the Gin Kings a free ride to the quarterfinals.

But that was just about the only thing that went right for them as they suffered an 83-73 beatdown at the hands of the defending champion Alaska Aces at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Aces won their fourth straight game to move up to third place in the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup standings with a 5-3 win-loss record. Alaska, who used stingy defense on their way to winning the tournament last season, have not allowed more than 78 points during that run.

They pounced on a Ginebra team that saw limited minutes from import Josh Powell, who was nursing a foot injury.

“I thought we did a good job in the first half,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo. “Obviously, Powell got injured and couldn’t come back.”

The Aces never led by less than 10 points after taking a 25-15 advantage in the second quarter as their defense suffocated Ginebra.

“We set the tone in the first half, we got the big lead,” said Trillo.

With the win, the Aces kept alive their hope of finishing with the second seed, while assuring themselves of the sixth seed at worst. But Trillo said it’s no cause for celebration just yet.

“The thing to understand is it’s gonna be tougher from here,” he said.

The Gin Kings’ record fell to 3-5, putting them in danger of finishing either seventh or eighth, which would give them twice-to-win disadvantage in the quarterfinal round.

The scores:

ALASKA 83 – Dozier 22, Casio 13, Hontiveros 10, Espinas 8, Manuel 8, Baguio 8, Jazul 6, Thoss 4, Reyes 2, Abueva 2, Dela Cruz 0, Buenafe 0.

GINEBRA 73 – Slaughter 20, Aguilar 12, Tenorio 11, Baracael 8, Ellis 6, Caguioa 6, Urbiztondo 5, Reyes 3, Helterbrand 2, Powell 0, Ababou 0.

Quarters: 19-11, 40-24, 61-44, 83-73

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/rampaging-alaska-humbles-hobbled-ginebra

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