Alaska rallies behind Rob Dozier to break into win column
MANILA, Philippines – Defending champions Alaska Aces are now able to relieve themselves from some of the pressure as they put away the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 93-77, to secure their first win in the 2014 PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner's Cup on Saturday, March 8 at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Aces comebacking import Rob Dozier wrested control of the game as Alaska quickly put up an 8-point edge by the end of the first frame, 23-15.
Dozier, who was named Best Import in the 2013 edition of the Commissioner's Cup when the Aces won the title as well, dropped 25 points, collared down 15 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.
GlobalPort, who also dropped their first game against Air21, managed to overtake the Aces heading into the final frame with a slim 67-66 lead. But the Aces quickly turned things around again in the fourth with Dozier slamming one home, 74-67, with 6:07 left in the game.
Alaska continued hitting their mark from that point on and eventually erected an 84-71 lead courtesy of a Gabby Espinas bail out basket as the shot clock wound down with 1:54 to play. At which point the game was no longer within reach for the Batang Pier.
Espinas contributed 18 points while RJ Jazul also had 18 markers to his name.
For GlobalPort, import Evan Brock led the way with 21 points. He had some help from Jay Washington who added 14, as well as from Alex Cabagnot who recorded his first double digit output with his new team with 12 points.
Alaska (93): Dozier 25, Jazul 18, Espinas 18, Casio 11, Baguio 7, Thoss 6, Hontiveros 4, Dela Cruz 2, Abueva 2.
GlobalPort (77): Brock 21, Washington 14, Cabagnot 12, Romeo 11, Macapagal 8, Chua 5, Yee 3, Garcia 3, Nabong 0, Hayes 0, Salva 0, Salvador 0, Custodio 0.
Quarters: 23-15; 42-39; 66-67; 93-77.