Alaska Aces picked up from where it left off as it blew past the TNT KaTropa, 110-100, in their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup encounter at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, Sunday evening.
The Aces came out on fire, while also delivering on the defensive end of the floor as they zoomed to an early lead and never looked back to hand the Texters their first loss in four games, tying their victims’ record at 3-1.
Vic Manuel continued to thrive in a reserve role, making 12 of his 18 shots to put up game-high 29 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes of action, while Tony Campbell pumped in 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting, along with 20 rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 35 minutes as Alaska had a balanced offensive charge.
The Aces enjoyed a sizeable cushion throughout the game, leading by as many as 25 points, 92-67. But the final result belied how one-sided the game was as the KaTropa went on a late run and outscored Alaska, 33-25, in the payoff period to make the score look respectable in the end.
Jayson Castro ended up with 18 points, six assists, and five boards off the bench to lead TNT, while Terrence Romeo had 17 points and eight assists. But the duo was held to just combined 11-of-30 shooting from the field.
ALASKA 110 – Manuel 29, Campbell 23, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Banchero 8, Racal 8, Enciso 7, Magat 7, Thoss 5, Teng 4, Baclao 0, Exciminiano 0, Potts 0.
TNT 100 – Castro 18, Romeo 17, Tyler 16, Rosario 15, Cruz 10, Pogoy 9, Semerad 5, Trollano 5, Reyes 3, Paredes 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Garcia 0, Saitanan 0.
Quarter scores: 34-26, 59-43, 85-67, 110-100.