Alaska Aces 125 – TNT KaTropa 96
Simon Enciso dropped a franchise record nine triples in the Alaska Aces’ rout of the TNT KaTropa. The explosive guard scored a career-high 30 points as he shot 76% from the field and 75% from outside.
It was a wire-to-wire win by the Aces. Enciso buried his first trey to give the Aces a 5-0 lead very early in the game. New TNT import Stacy Davis hit a trey to get TNT to within two points. That was the closest the KaTropa would get. Enciso promptly answered right back with three straight hits from outside to extend the Aces lead to 11 points. Enciso added another three-pointer midway through the quarter as he nailed five of his nine shots from outside in the first period. Alaska took a 35-13 lead after the first 12 minutes and never looked back the rest of the way.
The Aces played excellent basketball to sink the KaTropa. Alaska hit 50% of their shots and got contributions from everyone on the roster. Vic Manuel supported Enciso with 18 points while Mike Harris and Chris Banchero added a combined 31 points. The Aces had 33 assists as their offense was humming in this game. TNT continues their tailspin this conference. They managed to hit only 33% of their shots in the loss.
Phoenix Fuel Masters 132 – NorthPort Batang Pier 91
The Phoenix Fuel Masters recorded a franchise record 41-point win as they walloped the NorthPort Batang Pier for their second straight win. Six players scored in double figures for Phoenix. Eugene Phelps led the way with 30 points and 15 rebounds. Jason Perkins added 18 points on 69% shooting. Calvin Abueva came off the bench to contribute 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Phoenix used excellent defense in the middle quarters to shut down NorthPort and build an insurmountable lead. They limited the Batang Pier to a combined 34 points in the second and third quarters. The Batang Pier only shot 41% and had 22 turnovers in the game. Phoenix exploded offensively in the second half of the game. They scored 72 points in the final two quarters as repeatedly pounded the paint for points.
Phoenix looked comfortable early on when they sprinted away from NorthPort to lead by 13 points. Phelps played a crucial role in that run since he was practically impossible to stop in the paint. The Batang Pier stayed within striking distance and were able to cut the lead down to just three points in the second period. But Phoenix closed the second quarter on a 13-0 run behind big buckets from Abueva and Perkins to rebuild the double-digit lead. The Fuel Masters piled on the points in the second half and built a lead as big as 44 points in the final period.
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