And the trend just goes on as Alaska continues its mastery over Barangay Ginebra with a 102-99 win.
In this game, Ginebra just couldn’t get enough breaks to solve the Alaska mystery. They came close this time, but collapsed towards the final stages of the game.
In the end, Alaska was just too big and too strong inside for Ginebra. The Aces out-rebounded the Gins 50-39 and just abused the Barangay inside the paint all night long. Import Wendell McKines scored 27 points while Calvin Abueva added a conference-high 18 points, with four other Alaska players scoring in double-digits to complete a well-balanced team game.
Let’s review our keys to the game:
1. Let it rain
Ginebra shot 30.4% from beyond the arc. It’s actually an okay clip, but most of their makes just cam early in the game. After the initial hot start, Ginebra just couldn’t consistently hit it from the outside as Alaska’s defense was simply not allowing them to get any open looks.
2. Contain the beasts
Definitely an X mark here. McKines and Abueva combined for 45 points 27 rebounds and 10 assists. McKines was just too strong while Abueva was too relentless. Not much Ginebra can do here especially without Aguilar in the game and Mamaril fouling out late.
3. The others
Two consecutive good games from Mac Baracael is Ginebra’s saving grace right now. He scored a conference-high 20 points and made 3-triples as he help Ginebra to overcome a 16-point lead in the 3rd quarter. In the end, Coach Ato went to him to try to send the game to overtime, with his triple bouncing off the rim.
Key match-up: Mark Caguioa vs. Cyrus Baguio
Well.. they surely didn’t disappoint. The Spark and Skyrus both had great games and both contributed heavily to their respective squads. Caguioa scored 16 points grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 dimes, but it was Baguio who continues to be a Ginebra killer with 18 points 5 rebounds 5 assists and a crucial assist that lead to a McKines dagger attack inside.
Ginebra’s next game is on Wednesday against the Air21 Express.