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Crowd favorite Alaska sustained its winning form and dominated the 2016 Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup Semifinals Game Three with an 82-69 triumph past GlobalPort on Friday, at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay.
The Aces is now in control of the driver’s seat with a 2-1 Semifinals lead, and are set to poise for a hopeful third win against GlobalPort on Game Four on Sunday, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska, which succumbed to an unlikely Game One defeat, did what it does best on the roll once again as it stunned the Batang Pier with more suffocating defense style, something GlobalPort still was not accustomed to.
Coach Alex Compton’s defense expertise was seen in an all-around action onset of the first half when Alaska did not allow the shackled GlobalPort to make chances on the basket, thereby pinning the Batang Pier down to just 26 points.
But things got shaky for the Aces heading to the third frame as Coach Pido Jarencio’s wards recouped and stormed with a 10-point cushion to drag Alaska behind, and this was when star guard Terrence Romeo unloaded his never-ending crisp shots once again for GlobalPort.
The Batang Pier shut down Alaska momentarily and knotted the cards at 53 to open the final canto, yet the Aces relied on the heroics of forward Vic Manuel that sparked the gun for another two-digit Alaska bubble.
It also did not help GlobalPort that Romeo got ousted from the game en route to the finishing kick due to a second technical foul, similar to what Stanley Pringle committed during the Game Two action.
More so, Alaska gunner Chris Banchero made it even worse for GlobalPort as he sent a huge jumper down the finale stretch, which basically settled the outcome of the game and tallied an 80-69 front for the Aces.
From then on, the Batang Pier was halted permanently and drowned to another huge cushion piled up by the raging Alaska Aces.
The stellar performance of Vic Manuel contributed 16 points for Alaska to lead all scorers on Coach Alex Compton’s side.
In addition, RJ Jazul backed up Manuel’s stance with 12 points, while Chris Banchero and JV Casio chipped in 10 markers apiece for the leading Aces.
Meanwhile, Terrence Romeo led anew with 17 markers for GlobalPort, followed by Stanley Pringle with 12 markers. However, their combined efforts were not enough to avert another letdown for the Batang Pier.
ALASKA (82) – Manuel 16, Jazul 12, Banchero 10, Casio 10, Abueva 9, Hontiveros 9, Exciminiano 4, Baguio 3, Menk 3, Baclao 2, Dela Cruz 2, Thoss 2, Dela Rosa 0
GLOBALPORT (69) – Romeo 17, Pringle 12, Kramer 11, Washington 7, Sumang 6, Yeo 6, Jensen 5, Maierhofer 5, Mamaril 0, Peña 0, Semerad 0, Uyloan 0