When everybody’s thinking that the game was over, Calvin Abueva and Cyrus Baguio step up in the dying seconds to give Alaska Aces the victory.
Cyrus Baguio hit a fastbreak layup in transition to beat the buzzer and give the Alaska Aces an 83-81 victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Saturday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Baguio’s basket capped a thrilling endgame comeback for the Alaska Aces, who needed a desperation 25-foot three-pointer from Calvin Abueva to tie the game at 81-all with 10 seconds left in the game.
Rain or Shine set up a play for import Bruno Sundov for its final possession. But the attempt of the 7-foot-3 Croatian was foiled at the basket by Abueva, leading to a loose ball.
Alaska Aces made the loose ball recovery and got the ball to Baguio, who raced downcourt past three Elasto Painters to score the game-winning layup.
Import Robert Dozier led the Aces with 21 points and 16 rebounds in his PBA debut.
“Bruno Sundov, I believe, is the barometer among the imports playing and it’s nice for Robert Dozier to step up in the second half,” said Alaska Aces coach Luigi Trillo, who earned his first career victory against Rain or Shine.
Sundov caused major problems all game long for Alaska, scoring 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. But Dozier came alive in the second half, scoring 16 of his 21 points after the break. Sonny Thoss added 17 points for Alaska Aces while Abueva had eight points and 14 rebounds for the Aces.
Alaska 83 – Dozier 21, Thoss 17, Casio 11, Baguio 9, Abueva 8, Espinas 6, Ramos 5, Jazul 4, Hontiveros 2, Reyes 0, Dela Cruz 0, Belasco 0.
Rain or Shine 81 – Sundov 30, Lee 8, Norwood 8, Chan 8, Tang 6, Arana 6, Matias 5, Belga 5, Cruz 2, Quinahan 2, Tiu 1, Rodriguez 0.
Quarters: 24-23; 40-47; 66-66; 83-81