Alaska crushes Ginebra to punch ticket to Governors’ Cup playoffs · Friday, June 13, 2014 · 7:48 pm

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The Alaska Aces booked a seat in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup quarterfinals with an impressive 79-66 rout of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The win formally eliminated the Meralco Bolts from playoff contention, completing the eight-team cast for the playoffs with only the seeds yet to be determined.

“Sa tingin ko, medyo pagod na sila. Intense night last Wednesday,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton, referring to Ginebra’s win two nights ago over San Miguel Beer. In contrast, the Aces were coming off a week-long break.

“The longer rest we had showed today.”

It was Alaska’s second straight win after an embarrassing 51-point beatdown at the hands of Rain or Shine two weeks ago. The Aces did it by taking control early, opening up a 17-4 lead in the first quarter.

Alaska was firmly in control until the third quarter, when the Gin Kings made their move. Ginebra took the lead momentarily, 44-42, after a fastbreak layup by Mark Caguioa.

But the Aces replied with a 10-2 run to take a 52-46 advantage that they didn’t give up the rest of the way.

“Credit to Ginebra, sa second half, ganda ng run nila, but I’m really proud of my guys. They came back on their own. Ganda ng bounce-back namin. My players didn’t give up.”

The Gin Kings were still in striking distance, 55-51, before Calvin Abueva sparked a 9-1 run to open the fourth period, giving Alaska a 12-point bubble.

Alaska dominated the rest of the way to improve its record to 4-4.

Ginebra lost its third game in eight outings.

The scores:

ALASKA 79 – Walker 16, Abueva 14, Espinas 13, Casio 8, Thoss 8, Manuel 8, Baguio 6, Jazul 5, Hontiveros 1, Reyes 0, Belasco 0, Dela Cruz 0.

GINEBRA 66 – Mason 21, Caguioa 10, Slaughter 7, Baracael 6, Aguilar 6, Tenorio 4, Urbiztondo 3, Knuttel 2, Ababou 2, Helterbrand 2, Mamaril 2, Ellis 1, Monfort 0.

Quarterscores: 20-11, 36-25, 55-51, 79-66

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