ALASKA CAPTURES ALL-FILIPINO CUP
Quezon City, June 12, 2000 - The Alaska Milkmen won the Alaxan All-Filipino Cup at the Araneta Colsieum last night.
Poch Junio exploded for 10 points in the last 12 minutes to lift Alaska to an 85-84 come-from behind victory in Game 5.
It was the third AFC title and 10th championship for the Milkmen, who closed out the best-of-seven series 4-1.
"Oh boy, who would have thought it. We are on the brink of letting this one go and we're already thinking about Wednesday but our guys just wouldn't give up. They're just so awesome," said Alaska's Tim Cone.
Alvin Patrimonio played his best game of the series and helped Purefoods build the game's biggest lead in the first quarter. But he couldn't sustain the effort, held scoreless in the fourth quarter by Junio.
Kenneth Duremdes took scoring honors for Alaska with 19 and Bong Hawkins added 18 on 9-of-13 shooting and had 10 rebounds.
But it was Alaska's bench that made things happen for the Milkmen, who trailed for most part of the game. Rodney Santos came off the bench to score 17 points and Bryan Gahol contributed 13 as Alaska's reserve outscored Purefoods bench, 30-13.
"To beat Purefoods four straights, my guys were just awesome. Just about everyone on our bench stepped up this whole series," said Cone.
Patrimonio led Purefoods with 22 points, 17 of them coming the first quarter where Purefoods opened up an 18-6 lead.
The Hotdogs led 48-44 at halftime and 66-58 after three quarters but could not sustain the momentum.
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