Enforcers subdue Aces to halt 3-game losing skid

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TOWER OF POWER Calvin Abueva of Alaska battles for rebound against Karl Dehesan and Aldrech Ramos of Mahindra during a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Monday. Mahindra won over Alaska 102-94. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

TOWER OF POWER Calvin Abueva of Alaska battles for rebound against Karl Dehesan and Aldrech Ramos of Mahindra during a PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Monday. Mahindra won over Alaska 102-94. PHOTO BY CZEASAR DANCEL

The Mahindra Enforcers beat the heavily favored Alaska Aces 102-94 to stop a three-game losing skid on Monday in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Forward Aldrech Ramos finished with 25 points and seven rebounds.

Mahindra, now with a 4-4 win-loss record, is now tied with the Star Hotshots in the sixth to seventh spots.

“My motivation coming to this game is to bounce back from my sluggish performance and snap our three-game losing streak,” the six-foot-five Ramos told The Manila Times in a postgame interview.

Niño “KG” Canaleta posted 17 points, including four triples while import Augustus Gilchrist notched 16 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks also for the Enforcers.

Guard Karl Dehesa and play¬maker LA Revilla contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively, also for Mahindra. The 6’7 center Jason Ballesteros, formerly a Blackwater player, made his debut with the Enforcers with five points and five rebounds.

Alaska’s win-loss record now dropped to 5-3.

Import Shane Edwards led the Aces with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Mahindra scored more three-pointers (10-8), grabbed more rebounds (52-41) and took more second chance points (14-9) than Alaska.

The Enforcers also registered higher shooting percentage than the Aces (47-41).

In the second game, Talk ‘N Text beat Rain or Shine 114-103 creating a three-way tie among Mahindra, Rain or Shine and the Star Hotshots in the sixth to ninth spots. All three teams are bearing similar 4-4 win-loss records.

Playmaker Jayson Castro finished with 26 points while David Simon contributed 20 points, 14 rebounds plus two blocks for the Tropang Texters.

It was the Elasto Painters fourth loss after eight games.

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