The Alaska Aces cruised through their second win in the 2018 Philippine Cup as they handed the Kia Picanto another blowout loss, 102-65, Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Six players scored in double-digits for the Aces, led by rookie Jeron Teng who finished with 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting, nine rebounds, and two assists. Carl Bryan Cruz converted all three attempts from beyond the arc en route to 16 markers to go with nine boards.
Chris Banchero produced 11 points and dished five dimes, while Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, and Jake Pascual added 10 markers apiece.
Alaska broke the game wide open in the third quarter, where they scored 36 points while limiting the Picanto to just five.
It was a manageable five-point ballgame at the half, but the Aces opened the pivotal third period with nine unanswered points to stretch their lead to 14. Rashawn McCarthy stopped the bleeding for Kia with a layup, but Teng immediately responded with an and-one play. The rookie continued to do damage offensively, and the rest of the team followed suit.
Cruz and Pascual also stepped up to help establish as high as a 40-point lead, 86-46, midway through the final frame. Kia scrambled on both ends of the court and never recovered.
Alaska’s pressure defense was effective all throughout the game as they caused Kia to commit a total of 29 errors, which they converted to 32 points.
Despite turning the ball over 18 times in the first two quarters, the Picanto still managed to keep the game close. But just like in their previous blowout loss against the Magnolia Hotshots, they failed to avert another second half disaster.
McCarthy chipped in 16 points and four assists for Kia, while Eric Camson and Ronald Tubid contributed 15 and 13 markers, respectively.
ALASKA 102 — Teng 23, Cruz 16, Banchero 11, Abueva 10, Manuel 10, Pascual 10, Enciso 8, Galliguez 5, Thoss 5, Exciminiano 2, Potts 2, Casio 0, Racal 0.
KIA 65 — McCarthy 16, Camson 15, Tubid 13, Ababou 5, Caperal 4, Reyes 4, Cabrera 3, Celda 3, Yee 2, Galanza 0, Jamon 0, Paniamogan 0, Sara 0.
Quarters: 20-21, 39-34, 75-39, 102-65.
– Kia suffered their 16th straight loss dating back to last season, which is the longest losing skid in the PBA since 1995. They are at the bottom of the standings with a 0-4 slate, getting blown out by an average of 35.6 points in the last three matches.
– Alaska dominated the boards, 62-44. Four players hauled down at least nine rebounds, spearheaded by Jake Pascual with 11. Jeron Teng, Calvin Abueva, and Carl Bryan Cruz had nine each.
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Alaska – January 21 (Sunday) vs Barangay Ginebra at Ynares Center, Antipolo