Alaska beat GlobalPort 100-76 in Game 2 of the other best-of-seven semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.
Chris Banchero posted 18 points via 8-of-13 shooting in the field plus five rebounds while RJ Jazul added 17 points and five rebounds to lead the Aces, who bounced back from a 93-107 defeat to the Batang Pier in Game 1. The series is now tied at 1-1.
“Defense energy is schizophrenic in this series; I wish I could say more but look at how many points they put on the board,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton. “I hope every single game in the playoffs we hold teams at 32 at the half.”
Guard Jayvee Casio posted 13 points, Calvin Abueva notched 11 points and 11 rebounds while Sonny Thoss had 10 points also for Alaska.
Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo led GlobalPort with 22 and 20 points, respectively.
The game was highlighted by 16 technical fouls, 13 of which were recorded in the first quarter alone.
Emotions were high in the opening quarter as both teams after engaging in a scuffle were meted out a record 13 technical fouls with still 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The melee started when GlobalPort’s Anthony Semerad and Dondon Hontiveros fell to the floor after while vying for an advantageous position. A free-for-all fight almost erupted when Calvin Abueva of Alaska elbowed Anthony Jay Washington while assisting his teammate Hontiveros to get up. Washington retaliated igniting a scuffle.
Alaska players Abueva, Hontiveros, Manuel, Washington and Semerad each received a technical foul citation.
GlobalPort governor Erick Arejola, team manager Bonnie Tan and head coach Pido Jarencio, Alaska governor and team manager Dickie Bachman, head coach Alex Compton and assistant coaches Louie Alas, Monch Gavieres and Jeff Cariaso also received a technical foul for entering the court during the altercation.
The game was tied at the end of first period 18-all before Alaska grabbed the lead 47-44 at halftime.
Washington was ejected out of the game after receiving his second technical foul in the third period. Alaska controlled the third period outscoring GlobalPort 28-16 and stretching its advantage to 75-60 entering the last period.
The Aces established a 20-point lead 95-75 in the payoff period after Banchero’s back-to-back baskets with only 2:32 remaining.
They were not threatened from that point on.
Meanwhile, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao and player Beau Belga were slapped with a P20,000 fine each for their involvement in an altercation against San Miguel Beer player Chris Ross in Game 1 of the other best-of-seven semifinals series at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday. Ross was not fined.
At the 9:45 mark of the third period, Guiao slapped the hand of Ross who was asking for the ball from the referee during an inbound play. Belga stepped in to push Ross. Players from both teams intervened to pacify the two.
The other players that were fined were Rain or Shine players Jericho Cruz (P1,000) and Raymond Almazan (P1,600) as well as San Miguel Beer’s Yancy De Ocampo (P1,600).
The Beermen won Game 1 (109-105).
San Miguel Beer aims for a 2-0 lead when it meets Rain or Shine in Game 2 tonight at the Araneta Coliseum.