Alaska remains in the hunt for a quarterfinals slot, mainly through the superlative efforts of the man widely-known as “The Beast.”
With Calvin Abueva sparking a sustained charge in the endgame the Aces managed to hurdle the gutsy Kia Picanto, 102-94, Sunday to stretch their winning streak to three in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
LaDontae Henton and Jayvee Casio also provided the clutch baskets in the stretch and helped cap Alaska’s charge from a 10-point deficit starting the fourth period.
Still, it was clearly Abueva who showed the way, especially in the crunch where he not only scored six of his personal conference-high 26 points and grabbed four of his 15 rebounds but also made a visible effect in Geron Johnson’s game.
In the end, the win jacked the Aces’ record to 3-6 and kept alive their hopes of making it among the top eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals following the 11-game eliminations. – PBA
ALASKA 102 – Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.
KIA 94 – Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.
Quarterscores: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94.