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Enciso stays hot as Alaska proves too much for Phoenix, Abueva

Enciso stays hot as Alaska proves too much for Phoenix, Abueva

A BALANCED Alaska attack proved too much for Calvin Abueva and Phoenix as the Aces came away with an impressive 108-97 win in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

In a battle between two unbeaten teams, it was the Aces who stayed unscathed as four players scored atleast 15 points in their first match against former franchis player Calvin Abueva.

Coming off a red-hot performance against Meralco, Simon Enciso continued to wax hot from beyond the arc as he drained six three-pointers, including the dagger trey with 2:14 left which gave the Aces a 104-94 lead.

“I felt like Phoenix dominated us for most of the first half. I thought they came out with superior energy. I thought Jason Perkins was awesome today. Honestly I have to announce that I’m really not happy with our effort,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.

“This is a toughness game. That is a locker room full of warriors. The whole team. You see it in Calvin, you see it in Phelps. We just knew that this was gonna be a tough game,” he added. “The second half I was really glad to see some guys that don’t get as many minutes get key minutes.”

Chris Banchero continued to play well in his return from injury as he finished with 19 points and nine assists. The Aces also got a boost from Noy Baclao, who played well on both ends of the floor.

Aside from matching up with Eugene Phelps defensively, Baclao also shone on the offensive end finishing with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Mike Harris led the now 3-0 Aces with 23 points and 11 boards.

Abueva had 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Fuel Masters, who dropped to 2-1 (win-loss) in their first conference since acquiring the ‘Beast’ in a trade for Karl Dehesa and a first-round pick.

Phelps led the Fuel Masters with 27 points and 24 rebounds but needed 26 shots to get there. Jason Perkins added 20 points and three rebounds.

The scores:

Alaska 108 – Harris 23, Banchero 19, Enciso 18, Baclao 15, Manuel 9, Racal 8, Exciminiano 5, Casio 5, Teng 4, Pascual 2.

Phoenix 97 – Phelps 27, Perkins 20, Abueva 18, Wright 13, Chua 6, Jazul 6, Intal 5, Revilla 2, Wilson 0.

Quarters: 19-22, 54-49, 83-78, 108-97