PBA Fastbreak: Alaska’s ball movement key to Air21 win

Enzo Flojo
PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Alaska's victory over Air21 on Monday night

MILK DELIVERY. Alaska Aces' guard JVee Casio drives past Simon Atkins of Air21. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alaska over Air21, 88-78

The Best: Coach Luigi Trillo can breathe a sigh of relief because it looks like his Alaska Aces are still capable of putting up a great showing. That’s what the team was able to accomplish last night when they trounced the Express thanks to a great fourth quarter windup. Naturally, it was reigning ‘Best Import’ Rob Dozier who did most of the damage, scoring 23 points on 8/15 FG shooting while also notching 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 assists. As a team, the Aces shot well, making 43% of their threes, 51% of their 2-point FGs and 73% of their free throws. They lost the rebounding battle, 41-39, but they made up for this by showing better ball distribution. Alaska had 18 assists to just 9 for Air21.

The Worst: The Express had a chance to stick to the leaders had they won this game. Instead, they let up in the fourth and allowed the Aces to gain their second W in five games. Joseph Yeo had another great outing for Air21 with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 boards, but he got little support from import Herve Lamizana. The Ivorian big man struggled on offense again, shooting just 4/14 from the floor to finish with a pedestrian 16 markers. He did grab 10 rebounds, but this was once again offset by his missing 5 free throws and turning the ball over three times. Something tells me this guy is on his way out.

Aces up the sleeve: Alaska’s local Aces showed up to play in this one. Former Gilas big man Sonny Thoss had a huge double-double line — 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 3 assists and 3 blocks — in leading the Uytengsu franchise, while reigning Rookie of the Year Calvin Abueva shot 3/3 from the field and 6/8 from the line to register 13 points. The backcourt duo of JVee Casio and RJ Jazul also shone, pairing up for 20 points, 4 triples, and 5 dimes. If the locals can consistently play at a high level, then Alaska still has a legitimate chance of defending its Commish Cup title. – Rappler.com

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