Alaska won its second consecutive do-or-die match by pulling off a major upset via 108-72 demolition of top-seeded TNT in the quarterfinals of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces followed up its pulsating win over Meralco just 2 nights ago by pummeling the unsuspecting KaTropa with a 36-point blowout to force a rubber match with the winner advancing to the semifinal round of the mid-season conference.
Jeron Teng finished with 15 points to lead 5 other Aces who finished in double figures as the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned squad completely overwhelmed the team which lost only once in the elimination round.
The loss snapped TNT’s 8-game winning streak and moved the flagship team of the MVP group one step away from being eliminated.
“We didnt see that coming,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton during the post-game interview. “A big part of it, I think, is because they missed shots all night. They missed shots they normally make. These games happen to great teams and TNT is a great team.”
TNT shot a miserable 29% from the field (23/77) compared to 42% (41/96) for the Aces.
Alaska import Diamon Simpson likewise finished 15 points to go along with 19 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks.
Jayson Castro paced the stunned KaTropa, which only had 2 players in double figures, with 23 points while Terrence Jones added 19.
Alaska 108 – Teng 15, Simpson 15, Enciso 14, Banchero 14, Manuel 13, Cruz 11, Casio 8, Racal 7, Galliguez 5, Baclao 2, Exciminiano 2, Ayaay 2, Thoss 0, Pascual 0.
TNT 72 – Castro 23, Jones 19, Rosario 9, Taha 5, Reyes 4, Magat 4, A. Semerad 3, Heruela 2, Pogoy 2, Trollano 1, D. Semerad 0, Golla 0, Washington 0, Casi?o 0.
Quarterscores: 27-18, 53-41, 89-60, 108-72.