• Alaska rules Game 4 to keep championship bid alive

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    SMOOTH MANEUVER Paul Lee of Rain or Shine drives on Cyrus Baguio of Alaska in Game 4 of the best-of-seven finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

    SMOOTH MANEUVER Paul Lee of Rain or Shine drives on Cyrus Baguio of Alaska in Game 4 of the best-of-seven finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

    THE Alaska Aces beat the Rain or Shine (RoS) Elasto Painters, 111-99 in Game 4 of the best-of seven finals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

    Alaska’s victory brought the series to 3-1, in favor of RoS.

    Rob Dozier led the Aces with 23 points.

    Dozier, who also bagged the Best Player of the Conference plum posted a double-double performance of 14 markers and 10 boards.

    The Elasto Painters relied on shooting from beyond the arc midway through the opening canto with Jericho Cruz sinking two treys resulting in a 12-10 lead.

    Alaska fought back toward the end of the first period on Calvin Abueva’s eight points, overtaking Rain or Shine, 21-25.

    Dozier picked up the pace in the second quarter with a jumper in the 7:32 minute mark extending the lead to eight points, 35-27.

    The Aces continued their impressive run on the field beefing up their lead to 15 points, 54-39, at halftime.

    At the restart, Alaska continued their onslaught with Chris Banchero’s two converted three-point shots in the third period. They established a comfortable 23-point edge with just a quarter left to play in the bout.

    Rain or Shine fought hard to reduce the deficit to 13 points, 101-88, in the fourth period but was hampered anew after big man Beau Belga was fouled out with less than three minutes left before the final buzzer.

    In Alaska’s side, tension, too, continued to escalate after Banchero was slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul with 1:09 minutes left in the game.

    Rookie guard Ahanmisi tried a late-game run with a three-point shot but fell short of stopping their foes.

    Banchero finished with 17 points and eight assists while RJ Jazul contributed 15 points.

    Veterans Cyrus Baguio and Sonny Thoss had 11 points each in the game.

    “I don’t feel that the real us showed up in our first games [in this series]but I felt like we played more like ourselves tonight,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton during the postmatch news conference.

    “Contrary to popular belief, we did not make adjustments to our game but we just did the right thing to do. I’m proud of what the team did,” Compton added.

    The scores:
    ALASKA 111 – Dozier 23, Banchero 17, Jazul 15, Abueva 14, Baguio 11, Thoss 11, Hontiveros 7, Racal 7, Dela Cruz 4, Baclao 2, Dela Rosa 0.

    RAIN OR SHINE 99 – Ahanmisi 30, Lee 11, Chan 10, Quinahan 10, Cruz 9, Norwood 9, Belga 6, Ibanes 4, Henderson-Niles 3, Ponferada 3, Almazan 2, Tiu 2, Teng 0.
    Quarters: 25-21, 54-39, 90-67, 111-99

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