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Simon Enciso the next man up for Alaska without Abueva, Teng

Simon Enciso the next man up for Alaska without Abueva, Teng

IT’S a matter of the next guy stepping up for Alaska. And on this cool Friday night, it was Simon Enciso’s turn to do so.

The Fil-Am guard came through with some timely outside bombs down the stretch to help the Aces thwart a fighting NLEX Road Warriors side, 120-111, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Enciso finished with 13 points, including nine from downtown, as his steady presence and shooting contributed to Alaska stretching its winning streak to seven games for a tie of the lead with Rain or Shine in the standings.

The 27-year-old Enciso coming through couldn’t have come at a better time for the team, which continues to miss the services of key players Calvin Abueva and Jeron Teng.

“It’s just the next player ready to step up. That’s our mentality,” said Enciso. “We just keep on getting to the gym and working hard.”

Enciso hit his final three-pointer for the game with three minutes left to give Alaska a 116-108 lead that obviously took the fight out of the Road Warriors.

“It feels good,” he said about that huge trey that kept NLEX at bay. “It’s not Iike I’m new to Alaska, but I feel like I’m still finding my rhythm with the guys.

“Every game I just try to build that chemistry with my teammates,” added Enciso. “And luckily today, my teammates found me in the right spot.”

Of course, there’s still nothing like having a complete unit especially once the going gets tough in the playoffs.

But the Aces remain patient, according to Enciso, until both Abueva and Teng are ready to play again.

“We missed them. We just wait until they come back and they’re healthy,” he said.