The San Miguel Beermen’s run to a possible Grand Slam takes another step forward with their second straight win of the conference. San Miguel downs the Alaska Aces, 109-83 to rise up to 2-0. The Aces stay winless in three games.
Dez Wells had another solid outing, scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a little more than 30 minutes of action. Terrence Romeo backed him up with 18 points from off the bench while June Mar Fajardo, Kelly Nabong, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos all scored 10 points each. The Aces played without Justin Watts who suffered an injury during practice. They were led by Jvee Casio who scored 16 points in the game.
The Aces, determined to get a win played hard in the first period, even taking a lead as high as seven points early in the game. Unfortunately, Alaska was undermanned and the Beermen’s balance tipped the scales in the middle quarters.
Romeo and Fajardo teamed up in the second period to push the Beermen back up. They went on an 8-0 run, turning a one-point deficit into a seven-point lead. The Beermen continued their onslaught in the third period. Wells came alive after halftime, scoring nine points in a 13-4 run that put San Miguel up by 16. San Miguel just continued to pummel Alaska all the way to the final buzzer.
In the first game, the NLEX Road Warriors jumped up to take solo first with a 3-0 record. They beat the Blackwater Elite, 115-109 to win their third straight game. Blackwater falls to 0-2 for the conference.
Ola Ashaolu led the way once again with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Kiefer Ravena came off the bench to score 25 points, grab seven rebounds and dish out seven assists. He won his duel with Bobby Ray Parks by getting the win. Parks led the Elite with 28 points and six assists.
Allein Maliksi, Marqus Blakely and Parks came out like a house on fire. The three scored all but four points in the opening period as Blackwater jumped out to an early six-point lead. The Road Warriors settled down and took control of the game on the second period. Ravena took the reigns for the Road Warriors and led them on a 15-0 run. He had his fingerprints all over that blast as he scored on assisted on all but three points during that stretch. NLEX turned a six-point deficit into a nine-point lead after that.
Blackwater refused to keep, sticking to NLEX and staying within striking distance all the way to the very end. Parks, Mike Cortez and Paul Desiderio were able to get to within six points heading into the final minutes but Ashaolu and Ravena kept the Road Warriors ahead with key hits, sealing the win.