Alaska made a rousing return to action as it forged a dominating 89-75 win over Barangay Ginebra in the 46th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga on Friday.
Sidelined for a week in accordance with the league’s health and safety protocols, the Aces displayed fine form as they picked up their third win in seven games.
Alaska tightened the defensive screw right from the get-go as they limited the Kings to just 25 points in the first half, the franchise’s lowest output since 2013.
Big man Abu Tratter led the charge with 13 points, four rebounds and one steal, while sniper Michael Digregorio finished with 11 markers on 3-of-5 three-point shooting.
Jeron Teng, Maverick Ahanmisi and Robbie Herndon, meanwhile, combined for 30 big points.
Stanley Pringle topped Ginebra with game-high 20 points, seven boards and four assists, but saw underwhelming support that doomed their playoff chances with a 4-6 win-loss card.
ALASKA (89) – Tratter 13, DiGregorio 11, Teng 10, Ahanmisi 10, Herndon 10, Brondial 9, Marcelino 8, Banal 8, Casio 6, Adamos 4, Ilagan 0, Ebona 0
GINEBRA (75) – Pringle 20, Thompson 17, Standhardinger 9, Tenorio 8, Ayaay 7, Mariano 6, Tolentino 2, Devance 4, Dillinger 2, Caperal 0, R. Aguilar 0
Quarters: 23-8, 43-25, 66-52, 89-75