Alaska 90 – San Miguel 79
The Alaska Aces finally get one.
The Aces took advantage of a bad shooting night by the San Miguel Beermen to win their first game of the Governor’s Cup and break their 14-game losing streak. It was a wire-to-wire win by the Aces as they led the game from buzzer to buzzer.
LaDontae Henton set the tone early for the Aces. He aggressively attacked the basket and got his points inside. The others followed suit. Abel Galliguez scored all of his five points in the final minute of the opening period to give Alaska a double-digit lead after one quarter.
The Beermen eventually found their rhythm in the succeeding quarters. They were able to get as close as three-points twice in the the third quarter. In the final minutes of that period, Marcio Lassiter got the step on his defender and swooped in for the layup to cut the lead down, 53-56. But Alaska answered right back with a 7-0 run to build another double-digit lead. Simon Enciso hit a dipsy-doo lay-up to start the run. Henton followed it up with a power move in the paint for an and-one bucket. Enciso then played the pick and roll perfectly with Jake Pascual to get an open layup inside.
The Aces weren’t going to let their chance at a win go. They built a 15-point lead in the final quarter to firmly take hold of the game. Henton led the Aces with 36 points and 15 rebounds. Abueva and Thoss backed him up with 25 points, combined. The Beermen shot a woeful 34% as a team and only 18% from beyond the arc. New import Terik Bridgeman scored the first two points of the game for San Miguel. He was held scoreless the rest of the way.