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Alaska hands TNT an ugly beating as Simon Enciso hits nine treys

Alaska hands TNT an ugly beating as Simon Enciso hits nine treys

SIMON Enciso felt like the hoop was as big as a tub as he seemingly couldn’t miss in Alaska’s 125-96 decimation of TNT on Sunday in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Shooting 29-percent from beyond the arc for the season, the third-year slasher shot the lights out as he went 9-of-12 from downtown to highlight a career-best 30 points in Alaska’s second win in as many games.

Enciso was on fire early, drilling five three-pointers to ignite a 21-5 start for the Aces. That set the tone for the rest of the one-sided match.

“We’re on fire. That’s clearly typified kay Simon Enciso. He was on fire. He had a great game. That was great. He was really incredible,” gushed coach Alex Compton.

Mike Harris dominated the paint for Alaska on his way to 16 points and 24 rebounds, as Chris Banchero was happy to set his teammates up en route to a double-double performance of 15 points, 14 assists, and six boards.

Vic Manuel joined in the romp, tallying 18 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.

So dominant was Alaska that not even a Jayson Castro-led rally that cut the deficit down to 13, 46-33 at the 4:52 mark of the second frame could rain on Enciso’s parade.

The Aces overpowered the KaTropa in every aspect of the game, crossing the century mark before the end of the third period before taking a 37-point lead, 105-68 on Yutien Andrada’s layup to commence the final quarter.

Stacy Davis led TNT with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, but struggled against the heft of Harris as he shot 7-of-22 from the field in his second game in the league.

Troy Rosario notched 16 points and 11 boards while Jayson Castro had 13 points, three dimes, and two rebounds in the defeat, which brought the KaTropa further down the standings at 1-3.

The scores:

ALASKA 125 – Enciso 30, Manuel 18, Harris 16, Banchero 15, Exciminiano 8, Galliguez 8, Baclao 7, Andrada 6, J. Pascual 4, Casio 3,Cruz 2, Magat 2, Potts 2, Racal 2, Teng 2.

TNT 96 – Davis 26, Rosario 16, Castro 13, Pogoy 10, Romeo 9, Carey 6, Cruz 6, Williams 5, Golla 0, Paredes 0, Reyes 0, Tamsi 0.

Quarters: 35-13, 68-39, 103-68, 125-96.