The Alaska Aces scored their first win of the pocket tournament as they dealt the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters their first loss in three games. The Aces saved their best performance for last with a 110-97 win. In the first game of the day, Phoenix rebounded with two straight wins, capping their pre-season preparations with a 111-104 victory over the NLEX Road Warriors.
Three new faces among the Fuel Masters were key to the victory which should give Phoenix fans a lot of reason to be excited heading into the brand new season. Incoming rookie Jason Perkins led the scoring with 21 points, Justin Chua added 15, while LA Revilla chipped in 12.
It was only a six-point game, 105-99, with 1:40 left after Larry Fonacier made a triple. However, Justin Chua made two straight jumpers off assists from Jeff Chan for a 109-99 lead.
Kiefer Ravena tried to spearhead a late rally as he scored five straight points to cut their deficit to 5, 109-104, with 20 seconds left. The Road Warriors were forced to foul and Chan took care of the free throws to get the win.
Phoenix also got a lot of output from their gunners as Chan scored 17 while Matthew Wright had 15. The two combined for six triples in the game.
Fonacier led NLEX with 18 points while Raul Soyud continued his stellar play in the pocket tournament with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Aces had six players in double digits to defeat the Painters. Calvin Abueva led them with 19 points while Jeron Teng added 15. Ronald Pascual, Vic Manuel, Simon Enciso, and Carl Bryan Cruz also scored in double digits as they combined for 45 points.
It was a tight ball game with five minutes left as the Aces only held a 99-95 lead after a three-point shot from Jerramy King. However, Alaska responded with an 11-0 run as they held the Elasto Painters scoreless until there were only 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Ed Daquioag 18 points to lead ROS while Maverick Ahanmisi added 13. The Painters ruled the tournament as they have two wins against a single loss. They were tied with Phoenix but held an opening day win over the Fuel Masters.
ROS was without Raymond Almazan, James Yap, Jay Washington, Jireh Ibanes, and Jericho Cruz.