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A rejuvenated Alaska squad avenged its unlikely Game One loss as the Aces trounced on GlobalPort, 100-76, to tie their 2016 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals Best-of-Seven series at 1-1 on Wednesday, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces, who regained their winning form after the Game One stunner inflicted by GlobalPort, relied on their premier full-court pressure defense once again to put the Batang Pier behind at the start of the second quarter.
Alaska’s suffocating defense obviously concentrated on the GlobalPort star Terrence Romeo this time, as the clobbering system of the Aces worked best on the shooting prowess of the former FEU standout.
From a 41-point career high bang on the semifinals kick-off, Romeo was pinned to just 20 markers which aided the Alaska Aces on returning the 22-point first period cushion he dished during Game One.
The Gilas Pilipinas point guard heated up onset of the game as usual and fired instant 18 points for GlobalPort in the first half alone, but this proved to be his last hurrah on this game as he failed to sustain his run due to the stingy defense plotted on him by Alaska.
Stanley Pringle, the all-around slotman of the Batang Pier, did his share of 22 points, yet it was not enough to anchor Coach Pido Jarencio’s hopes of clinching a 2-0 record down the stretch.
GlobalPort could have shrugged off from the approaching Alaska threat as early as possible, but the Aces simply refused to give anything away and they even limited Jay Washington to just 10 points after the GlobalPort stalwart was ousted on the third period due to a second technical foul.
The revved Aces were led by Chris Banchero with 18 markers, while four more scored in two-digits as well.
Jazul capped off with 17 points, followed by JV Casio with 13 points, while Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss tallied 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
Alaska (100) – Banchero 18, Jazul 17, Casio 13, Abueva 11, Thoss 10, Baguio 8, Dela Rosa 7, Manuel 6, Exciminiano 4, Hontiveros 3, Baclao 2, Menk 1, Dela Cruz 0.
GlobalPort (76) – Pringle 22, Romeo 20, Yeo 11, Washington 10, Semerad 5, Hayes 2, Maierhofer 2, Mamaril 2, Jensen 1, Uyloan 1, Isip 0, Kramer 0, Pena 0, Sumang 0.