The Alaska Aces gave the debuting Magnolia Hotshots a rude welcome, pulling off a 103-80 lopsided win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Chris Daniels led the way for the Aces with 23 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from 3-point country.
I think we caught them tired, with a lack of preparation, the quick turnaround,” said Aces coach Alex Compton of the Hotshots who are coming off a grueling 7-game series with eventual champion San Miguel in the Philippine Cup.
“You don’t see another team’s best, when they’re coming off the finals, in their first game,” added Compton.
Alaska, which celebrated the return of big man Vic Manuel who finished with 6 points in 8 minutes of action, picked up its 2nd straight win to improve to 3-2.