Alaska Aces 102 – Kia Picanto 65
The Alaska Aces used a monster third quarter run to blow out the Kia Picanto and earn their second win in the Philippine Cup.
The Kia Picanto actually started the game on a high note. They countered the inside attacks of Alaska with potent outside shooting to take a slim one-point lead heading into the second quarter. But the Picanto seemed to have emptied their clip early in the game. Alaska took over in the second period, outscoring Kia 19-13 to take a five-point lead heading into halftime. In the third quarter, it was all Alaska.
Jeron Teng scored four points in a 6-0 run to increase their lead to double-digits, 45-34. Alaska held Kia scoreless in the third quarter for more than four minutes before Rashawn McCarthy hit a layup to get on the board. But that basket would be one of only two field goals Kia hit in that quarter. The Aces continued to rampage in the quarter with Teng, Vic Manuel, Calvin Abueva and Carl Bryan Cruz all getting in the scoring act. When the smoke cleared, Alaska was up 75-39 and the game was over.
Teng led the Aces with 23 points and nine rebounds. Cruz scored 16 off the bench. Manuel, Abueva and Banchero combined for 31 points. The Picanto finished the game on 32% shooting and had 29 turnovers.
Magnolia Hotshots 105 – NLEX Road Warriors 94
The Magnolia Hotshots used a balanced scoring effort to offset Kiefer Ravena’s career game. The Hotshots beat the NLEX Road Warriors to take the second spot in the Philippine Cup standings.
Early in the game, it was another rookie, Robbie Herndon, who showcased his inside-outside game, scoring all 11 of his points in the first period. He scored on a fast break and-one basket, then on a close shot off a nice pass by Pingris inside. Herndon closed out his run with back-to-back three-pointers as Magnolia jumped out to an 18-5 lead. Ravena and Kevin Alas teamed up to try to get NLEX back in the game but Magnolia still held a double-digit lead heading into the second period. Ravena went to work in the second period as he tried to power NLEX back in the game. He hit a series of floaters and midrange baskets to cut the lead down. But every time the rookie made a basket, Magnolia answered back with a well-run play to get a score.
Paul Lee caught fire to start the third quarter. He scored on a jumper up close and then hit three treys to increase the Magnolia lead up to 23 points. His last three-pointer was a bomb as far back as Tondo. Alas and Ravena once again teamed up to cut the lead down to single-digits in the fourth period. But Magnolia’s offense was clicking and they were able to rebuild the lead to cruise to the win.
Ravena scored a career-high 31 points but had very little help from the rest of the team. Four players scored in double figures for Magnolia led by Lee’s 21 points. Aldrech Ramos and Rome Dela Rosa chipped in with 11 and 14 respectively. Jio Jalalon and PJ Simon combined for 18 points off the bench.