Jameel McKay put up a workmanlike effort to hold Phoenix to a 94-86 win over Alaska that snapped a two-game dropping skid within the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
McKay already put up 24 factors and 17 rebounds within the first half, however nonetheless didn’t decelerate after the intermission to complete with a monster line of 42 factors and 22 boards. He additionally had two steals and two blocks with solely two turnovers.
“Jameel is getting better every time. We know how to play with him. He’s our go to go. He plays defense. He goes hard every time,” stated head coach Ariel Vanguardia.
The Fuel Masters, who improved to Three-Four, had the lead for the vast majority of the sport, however needed to continuously fend off efforts from Alaska to take over the sport.
The Aces tied it at 42 early into the third quarter however Phoenix used a 9-2 run to regain distance anew. The closest the final 12 months’s finalist may get after that was inside two.
Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul logged in high quality numbers towards their former workforce with Baguio contributing 12 factors and 6 rebounds and Jazul including 10 factors and eight assists.
“I met with Cyrus and RJ the other day. They’re just too nice every time they play against Alaska. We’re too nice. Today, they stepped up.”
The Aces, who dropped their second straight task, performed with Calvin Abueva who remains to be nursing a busted lip.
Cory Jefferson wound up with 31 factors and 13 boards in a dropping effort for Alaska.
PHOENIX 94 – McKay 42, Baguio 12, Jazul 10, Wright 7, Borboran 7, Kramer 6, Alolino 5, Miranda 5, Torres zero, Dehesa zero.
ALASKA 86 – Jefferson 31, Casio 14, Thoss eight, Exciminiano 6, Racal 6, Mendoza 6, Enciso 5, Cruz Three, Dela Cruz Three, Hontiveros 2, Andrada 2, Pascual zero.
Quarterscores: 25-19, 42-36, 66-62, 94-86.
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