Alaska Milk used its height and heft advantage to neutralize Shopinas.com’s speed and sweet-shooting
and eke out an 86-80 victory for their first back-to-back wins in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The bullish duo of Sonny Thoss and Jay-R Reyes asserted their inside might and conspired for 28
points, 25 rebounds, nine assists and seven blocks in helping the Aces nail their second victory in
a row and third overall in 10 outings.
It also sent Alaska from ninth to a tie at eighth place alongside idle Powerade, a team it
outgunned, 121-111, last Friday, for the last playoff spot with four games remaining on its
“This is the first back-to-back wins this conference and I have to give credit to them. They
(Clickers) played small because they know they couldn’t match in size,” said Alaska coach Joel
“Our big guys though gave them problems in the post that they had to focus a little bit on defense
that somehow took off their minds on what they’re trying to do offensively, which is run and shoot,”
RJ Jazul, a former Smart-Gilas player, was blowtorching the Aces all game long as he exploded with a
career-high 24 points he laced with six three-pointers while Jojo Duncil got the rest of the job
done with 13 points, six rebounds and a personal-high eight assists.
But the Clickers just didn’t have enough firepower and solid interior defense to stop the taller and
bigger Aces in falling to their 11th straight loss in as many outings that tied the third all-time
longest losing skid in a conference alongside Welcoat, which had the ignominy of doing that four
The all-time longest losing streak in the league is 13 straight, which Great Taste recorded in the
1982 Reinforced Conference and Countryfair in the 1984 (2nd) All-Filipino Conference.
Eric Salamat, a rookie out of four-peat UAAP champion Ateneo, beat the buzzer with a layup in
transition to give Alaska a 71-58 advantage at the end of the third period.
It was Shopinas.com, however, that grabbed an 11-7 upperhand and initiative early before Cyrus
Baguio unloaded a 10-point barrage that saw Alaska commandeering control and a 19-18 lead at the end
of the opening quarter.
The Aces then made their move in the second period where they erected a 39-27 lead, the biggest in
the first half. But the Clickers honed their perimeter gun with Jazul exploding for three booming
triples to help his team close the gap at 40-45 at the end of the break.
Jazul wound up the highest scorer at the half with 14 points, four of which coming from beyond the
arc, to lead Shopinas.com while the high-flying Baguio had 12 points in the first two quarters to
pace Alaska. (JV)
ALASKA 86 – Thoss 15, Reyes 13, Baguio 12, Custodio 10, Dela Cruz 9, Baracael 8, Tenorio 8, Salamat
4, Bugia 4, Eman 3.
SHOPINAS.COM 80 – Jazul 24,Duncil 13, Sena 8, Hubalde 8, Sison 7, Espiritu 7, Escobal 6, Ritualo 3,
Mirza 2, Daa 2, Menor 0, Aquino 0, Se 0.