Sonny Thoss and Chris Banchero were already having a special game for Alaska.
Then they made sure their efforts did not go to waste by coming up big in the endgame to lift the Aces to a hard-earned 103-101 win over Blackwater Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Banchero’s mid-range jumper, followed by Thoss’ own 17-footer, enabled Alaska to overcome a 99-100 deficit and go into the last 34 seconds with a three-point lead.
Roi Sumang inched the Elite closer with a charity and the count held when the Aces were able to regain possession following a miss by Ping Exciminiano.
In the end, Alaska emerged with a second straight win to improve to 2-1 while dealing Blackwater a fourth straight loss that dropped it to 1-6.