Fastbreak: Alaska, TNT eke out close wins

Enzo Flojo
Alaska and Talk N' Text scored close wins in PBA Sunday.

BREAKOUT. The fiery rookie finally registered a good game for Alaska this conference. File photo by PBA Images/Nuki Sabio.

Talk N Text Tropang Texters (102) – (95) GlobalPort Batang Pier

The Best: Loving the way Larry Fonacier played in this one. The former King Eagle shot 3 triples on his way to 19 points on top of 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and ZERO turnovers in 33 minutes of play. That just screams of efficiency, and it’s great seeing him finally break out. With Alapag’ return still in question, Fonacier should get more looks and, should he make majority of his shots, then the Texters still have a legit shot at a top four elims finish.

The Worst: Markeith Cummings and Jay Washington were pretty solid in terms of scoring and rebounding, but that was offset by several things. Cummings shot just 64% from the stripe, while Washington connected on just 4/13 field goals. They put up nice point totals, but they weren’t exactly very efficient. Oh, and they combined for 1/10 three-point shooting. Add to that the fact that they paired up for 10 of GlobalPort’s 17 turnovers and, well, you get the picture.

Raving about Rabeh: If Rabeh Al-Hussaini can just keep his cool in every game, then he might actually be one of the most dominant big men in the 7,107 islands. The big guy did pretty well in this one, showing why he could be a potential Gilas player in the near future. he scored just 6 points, but he balanced it out with 2 blocked shots and FIFTEEN rebounds!!! WOW!!!

Alaska Aces (102) – (99) Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings

The Best: And now we have a Calvin Abueva breakout game. What did I tell you about Abueva and his penchant for playing his best in front of a raucous crowd? He shot 75% from the field, 100% from the line, grabbed 11 boards, had 5 assists and 1 block in under 30 minutes of play. Suddenly, he’s the leading candidate for ROY once again.

The Worst: Thought the Kings completed a great turnaround in the second half, only to see them blow it in the fourth period. They got outclassed on the glass and were just plainly outshot in the endgame. Love how former Gilas standout Mac Baracael stepped up with 20 big ones, though. Too bad Ginebra absorbed its third loss in four outings.

Alaska’s Balance: Six guys in double figures — Wendell McKines with 27, Abueva and Cyrus Baguio with 18 each, Gabby Espinas and Joachim Thoss with a dozen markers apiece, and JV Casio netting 11. That’s the true ace under coach Luigi Trillo’s sleeve. His team has a great balance of scoring. Anybody can get hot any night to carry the team. Unfortunately for the Kings, in this game, most of those scorers were really on-target. – Rappler.com

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