Another win for Alaska, another loss for KIA.
The Aces went on a sizzling third quarter run to take the fight out of Picanto, 102-65, as they put together their first winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Their patented pressing defense in full display during that stretch, the Aces then went to rookie Jeron Teng on the offensive end as they outscored the Picanto, 36-5, entering the final period. The lead ballooned to its biggest at 86-46.
The scoring run stretched a close five-point Alaska lead at the half to 75-39, as the Aces coasted to their second straight win and even their record at 2-2.
The Picanto suffered their third straight blowout game and fourth in the conference, where they remained as the only team to break into the win column. Overall, the franchise has lost 16 straight games dating back to last season’s Commissioner’s Cup, the longest losing streak in the league since Ginebra – under former playing-coach Robert Jaworski – lost 17 straight games in the 1995 Commissioner’s Cup.
KIA lost their last three games by a losing margin of 35.6 points.
ALASKA 102 – Teng 23, Cruz 16, Banchero 11, Abueva 10, Manuel 10, Pascual 10, Enciso 8, Thoss 5, Galliguez 5, Exciminiano 2, Potts 2, Racal 0, Casio 0.
KIA 65 – McCarthy 16, Camson 15, Tubid 13, Ababou 5, Reyes 4, Caperal 4, Celda 3, Cabrera 3, Yee 2, Galanza 0, Jamon 0, Paniamogan 0, Sara 0.
Quarters: 20-21, 39-34, 75-39, 102-65.