Jefferson scores 41, Alaska moves to 4-0 with 105-102 victory over Rain or Shine

PBA Media Bureau

Cory Jefferson erupted for 41 points and delivered clutch baskets to lift the unbeaten Alaska Aces to a 105-102 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Jefferson, who also grabbed 13 rebounds, scored 18 of his total output in the third quarter where the Aces pulled away. He also bailed out Alaska in the fourth frame where they allowed Rain or Shine to mount a comeback.

He was able to outduel his Rain or Shine counterpart Shawn Taggart who made 40 points and 14 rebounds in the rematch between the two teams that faced off in last year’s Comm’s Cup finals.

The win kept Alaska’s record unblemished at 4-0, while Rain or Shine suffered its second straight loss to settle for 3-2. –

The scores:

ALASKA 105 – Jefferson 41, Casio 16, Thoss 15, Abueva 11, Racal 6, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 3, Andrada 3, Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 1.

RAIN OR SHINE 102 – Taggart 40, Cruz 11, Tolomia 9, Yap 8, Norwood 8, Chan 7, Belga 6, Almazan 4, Washington 4, Tiu 3, Ponferrada 2, Ahanmisi 0.

Quarters: 26-29, 50-44, 80-71, 105-102.


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