Rappler Fastbreak: Aces, Bolts shock fancied foes

Enzo Flojo
Alaska squeaked past Rain or Shine while Meralco built an early lead over Talk N' Text and never gave it up.

Saturday's PBA games... quick!


Alaska Aces (83) – (81) Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

Box Score 

Best: The Alaska frontline produced a combined 38 points and 18 rebounds. French-American Robert Dozier and Sonny Thoss paired up well, especially on offense.

Worst: Bruno Sundov was great for ROS, but NOBODY else finished in double-figures for coach Yeng Guiao. No local Painter scored more than 8 points.

The Beast doesn’t need to score much to be effective: Calvin Abueva shot just 1-of-8 from the floor, but he made up for his shooting woes by grabbing FOURTEEN rebounds. Looks like he will still be an awesome stat-stuffer despite the presence of Dozier.


Eric Dawson was awesome in his PBA debut. (Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images. Image from PBA Facebook account) 

Meralco Bolts (99) – (92) Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters

Box Score

Best: Eric Dawson just announced to the rest of the league that he’s out to win in emphatic fashion. The former Austin Toro scored 34 points, collared 14 boards, blocked 4 shots, had 2 assists, and got 2 steals. Awesome Dawson?

Worst: Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s reunion with coach Norman Black was uneventful save for 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers, and 3 fouls in 12 minutes. Looks like he won’t be much more than just another warm body to spell Keith Benson.

So, yeah, the Bolts should be fine without Sol Mercado: Ronjay Buenafe erupted for 19 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting including 3 triples, while Chris Ross narrowly missed a double-double by grabbing 9 boards and dishing out 8 assists. They also combined for just one turnover. Wow. Who’s rebuilding again?


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