Alaska secures first Philippine Cup win with 94-72 whipping of Columbian

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Alaska may have its manpower woes, but that did not stop it from adding on to Columbian’s miseries.

Carl Bryan Cruz scored 20 points on top of nine rebounds to lead the Aces’ balanced attack on both ends of the court that resulted in a 94-72 victory over the Dyip Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asa Arena.

Jake Pascual and Ping Exciminiano were also among those who made the most out of their extended playing times, helping Alaska assert its overall savvy against Columbian to easily fashion the wire-to-wire win and notch a fifth straight victory in the import-less tourney over the team formerly known as Kia.

Pascual finished with 13 points and as many rebounds and Exciminiano also came off the bench to add 12 points as the Aces won despite playing without the injured Vic Manuel, Jayvee Casio, Simon Enciso and Kevin Racal.

Winning coach Alex Compton commended his team’s fine showing that negated their 72-85 loss to Rain or Shine in its season debut last Sunday.

“I really appreciate my guys’ efforts. I thought pretty much the whole game, of course there were spots, but I thought pretty much the whole game we were energetic, all over the place, covering grounds, getting to the loose ball. The things that really matter.”

The scores:

Alaska 94 – Cruz 20, Pascual 13, Exciminiano 12, Banchero 10, Potts 9, Teng 8, Ayaay 8, Baclao 6, Thoss 4, Galliguez 4.

Columbian 72 – Perez 15, Corpuz 12, Khobuntin 8, Cabrera 6, Reyes 5, Escoto 5, Gabriel 5, Cahilig 4, Camson 4, Calvo 4, McCarthy 2, Tabi 2, Agovida 0.

Quarterscores: 20-13, 46-36, 68-50, 94-72.