Alaska is now only a win away from grabbing the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup Championship. They are now up two games to none against Barangay Ginebra, as they took the Game 2 win at 104-90.
The story was a little different this time around. I’m sure we all remember that Alaska pulled off a 14-0 run to open up Game 1. Everything seemed to be going their way as they kept a comfortable lead all throughout the game, ultimately winning by 17 points. In Game 2, LA Tenorio hit a three-point shot to start the scoring for Ginebra. They quickly made a run to put them up 11-4, and they led for the most part of the first quarter.
However, the Aces refused to be shaken by the scoring gap and maintained their composure. Soon enough, they were back on top of Ginebra and ended the first half at 53-37. Quick adjustments by Coach Luigi and excellent defense by Sonny Thoss on Vernon Macklin were the key factors in gaining another huge lead.
As it was in the last game, Alaska remained focused and further widened the scoring gap. Not only was their defense outstanding, but their shooting was on point as well. The Aces are have acquired such confidence that each and every player was able to contribute offensively – Dozier, Abueva, Baguio, Thoss, Hontiveros and Casio all scored in the double digits.
The game got exciting in the fourth quarter, where Jay-Jay Helterbrand put up 11 of his 17 points. Right when Ginebra was threatening to trim Alaska’s lead down to a manageable one, Dondon Hontieros suddenly heated up and scored three straight treys. Ginebra kept fighting in the last few minutes but it was too late.
Macklin was held down once again, scoring only eight points. Dozier, on the other hand, was able to score 15 points and 20 rebounds.
Ginebra has one last shot to figure out what it takes to beat the determined Alaska Aces. Will they be able to grab their first win in game three?
Game 3 will be on Sunday, 7:30pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.