The Alaska Aces are starting to get their bearings back in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup as they picked up their second straight win at the expense of GlobalPort Batang Pier, 101-88, on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The victory kept Alaska’s slim playoffs chances alive with 2-6 card. GlobalPort, meanwhile, fell to 3-5 after losing back-to-back games.
LaDontae Henton showed the way for the Aces with game-high 36 points and 21 rebounds alongside four assists in 45 minutes, while Calvin Abueva got his groove in the final canto on his way to 12 markers and five markers.
Holding an 88-83 lead with three minutes left, Alaska used a 10-3 rally to put away the game as it retook a double-digit edge, 98-86, that it failed to protect in the first half.
Still missing the services of Stanley Pringle (personal), Murphy Holloway carried the load for the Batang Pier with 25 points to go with nine rebounds, while Sean Anthony led their locals with 19 points, nine boards and three assists as Terrence Romeo was held to just five markers.
ALASKA 101 – Henton 36, Abueva 12, Casio 11, Thoss 10, Baclao 8, Racal 7, Encisio 7, Exciminiano 6, Banchero 2, Pascual 2, Mendoza 0, Cruz 0.
GLOBALPORT 88 – Holloway 25, Anthony 19, Cardona 12, Guinto 10, Cortez 9, Romeo 5, Arana 4, Grey 2, Baracael 2, Celiz 0, Paredes 0.
Quarter scores: 26-18, 46-45, 67-67, 101-88.