Alaska came out slugging, swinging and fighting as the playoff top-seeds that they are, and dealt the Magnolia Hotshots a solid blow, 100-71, in Game Three of their PBA Governors Cup title showdown at the Ynares Sports Center here Sunday night.
Brandishing a torrid shooting and a clampdown defense, the Aces ripped the Hotshots apart to trim down to 1-2 their deficit in the best-of-seven series.
“I think we had a great defensive effort and amazing shots. The overall story of the game was that we made a bunch of shots in the first three quarters. We didn’t commit much turnovers and we played defense with great intensity,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
The Aces pounded and pummeled the Hotshots hard in the first three quarters and went on to hand Magnolia its worst defeat in PBA finals.
It was the Purefoods-SanMig franchise’s worst defeat since a loss by 28 also against Alaska in Game Five of the 1997 Governors Cup finals.
Alaska 100 – Harris 36, Manuel 14, Enciso 12, Cruz 10, Banchero 6, J. Pascual 4, Teng 4, Galliguez 4, Casio 4, Andrada 2, Baclao 2, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0, Magat 0, Potts 0.
Magnolia 71 – Travis 18, Barroca 13, Herndon 7, Sangalang 7, Mendoza 6, Dela Rosa 5, Abundo 4, Reavis 3, Lee 2, Ramos 2, Melton 2, Jalalon 2, Simon 0, Gamalinda 0, Brondial 0, K. Pascual 0.
Quarterscores: 16-22, 50-36, 83-50, 100-71.