Alaska Aces leaned on its temporary reinforcement to gain its first taste of victory in over a month at the expense of the sliding Tropang TNT.
CUBAO, PHILIPPINES – The Alaska Aces got their first win in two games in the 2016 OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the expense of Tropang TNT, 108-100, on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Shane Edwards, playing in relief of the injured Rob Dozier, put up 36 points and 20 boards to lead the Aces to erase the pain of the loss to upstart Blackwater a week ago.
Additionally, Alaska compounded Tropang TNT’s misery and gave the Texters its third consecutive loss after winning on opening day.
“I’m really happy with the effort against a first-rate, well-coached team,” said Alaska Aces coach Alex Compton. “It helps if you have a good import who plays well.”
TNT import David Simon, who also debuted in the game, fired up Tropang TNT with 35 points, 19 boards, and four blocks. However, Edwards got the last laugh when the Alaska Aces went home with the victory.
During the match, the Aces trailed through the first three quarters before outscoring Tropang TNT in the fourth, 35-22, to turn the game in their favor.
Edwards scored 10 points in the final frame, while backcourt players RJ Jazul and JV Casio added seven and six markers, respectively, to aid their run.
ALASKA 108 – Edwards 36, Jazul 13, Manuel 13, Abueva 11, Banchero 9, Baguio 8, Casio 7, Thoss 6, Dela Rosa 3, Eman 2, Exciminiano 0, Racal 0
TROPANG TNT 100 – Simon 35, Rosser 14, De Ocampo 13, Rosario 12, Castro 11, Fonacier 6, Reyes R. 3, Reyes J. 3, Tautuaa 3, Carey 0, Nuyles 0
Quarters: 24-26, 44-53, 73-78, 108-100