CUBAO, PHILIPPINES – Alaska Milk routed GlobalPort Batang Pier, 100-76, to level their best-of-seven series following Game Two of their Philippine Basketball Association semi-final matchup on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
However, the match did not go by without incident, as physical play from both squads resulted in a whopping 13 technical fouls in the first quarter alone. By the end of the match, both squads were slapped with 16, shattering the record for most T’s called in a single PBA match.
The backcourt trio of Chris Banchero, RJ Jazul, and JV Casio held their own against the Batang Pier’s duo of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, especially in the third period where the Aces turned a three point, 47-44 halftime lead into a 15 point, 75-60 lead by the end of the quarter.
Banchero topped all Aces scorers with 18 points on eight-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, while gunners Jazul and Casio scattered 17 and 13 markers each in the win.
Reigning rookie of the year Stanley Pringle led all scorers with 22 points, but jacked up a nine-for-17 clip in the match. Romeo, on his part, was held to just two points in the second half en route to 20 points in the match.
Game Three of the series is set this Friday, January 8, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“We’ve been schizophrenic in the series. Mr. Hyde showed up in Game One, but Dr. Jekyll showed up [tonight],” said Head Coach Alex Compton.
“It was a concerted effort. I thought my entire defense, particularly in the second half, held up. I hope every single game for the rest of the playoffs, as long as we’re in this, we’ll hold it to 32 points every single half. That will give us a very good chance,” he added.
The initial incident came late in the first period, where Dondon Hontiveros gave up Alaska’s remaining foul to give in the quarter on Globalport’s Anthony Semerads. Both players were aided by Calvin Abueva and Jay Washington, respectively, but the two collided and traded blows before cooler heads prevailed.
Late in the third quarter, both Washington and Abueva collided again, with the former hitting the showers early with 3:23 left in the period after getting hit for a second motion technical.
Washington wound up with 10 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes on the floor prior to his ejection.
ALASKA 100 – Banchero 18, Jazul 17, Casio 13, Abueva 11, Thoss 10, Baguio 8, Dela Rosa 7, Manuel 6, Exciminiano 4, Hontiveros 3, Baclao 2, Menk 1, Dela Cruz 0.
GLOBALPORT 76 – Pringle 22, Romeo 20, Yeo 11, Washington 10, Semerad 5, Hayes 2, Maierhofer 2, Mamaril 2, Jensen 1, Uyloan 1, Isip 0, Kramer 0, Pena 0, Sumang 0.
Quarters: 18-18, 47-44, 75-60, 100-76