PBA FIESTA: FLAWLESS ACES TRASH LISTLESS BEERMEN, 93-68
MANILA, JUNE 23, 2007 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran - When one team couldn’t do anything wrong and the other not doing anything right, the result could only be one appalling rout.
Everything simply went Alaska Milk’s way last night as the Aces bamboozled the San Miguel Beermen, 93-68, to gain a two-to-nil lead in their Talk n Text PBA Fiesta Cup best-of-seven semifinal showdown at the Araneta Coliseum last night.
“It was just one of those nights when everything goes easy for you. It’s nice it happened in this series and in our favor,” said Alaska coach Tim Cone.
The veteran Alaska mentor, however, stressed he’ll be the last man to think that the series is all over with his team now enjoying a 2-0 lead.
“Coming back from 0-2 deficit in a best of seven series has been done many times before. San Miguel is such a quality team which can turn it around big time from a bad game,” Cone said.
The Aces played a near flawless game in the first three quarters, taking a 32-point buffer, 70-38, going into the payoff period.
They shot 58.3 percent from the three-point area and 51.1 percent from the two-point zone as, for all intents and purposes, they settled the outcome of the game right after the third period.
Second stringers John Ferriols, Reynel Hugnatan, Dale Singson, Poch Juinio, Rensy Bajar and Aaron Aban finished the one-sided contest, allowing Rosell Ellis and the other Alaska key players to rest in the final quarter.
“It was nice we won the game and at the same time got some rest for Rosell. Willie Miller had his break out game in the third and everything augurs well for us for the third game,” said Cone, whose Aces posted their biggest win since a 102-72 rout of the Ginebra Kings on Oct. 19, 2005.
“If anything, this game is going to turn them (the Beermen) on. But we’ll make it sure to put up an aggressive stance Sunday,” Cone added.
The Beermen groped for form all night, shooting only 32.6 percent from the field and committing 22 turnovers.
The 25-point defeat was the worst for San Miguel in three conferences under Siot Tanquingcen. The Beermen’s previous worst loss under Tanquingcen was an 84-102 setback against the Ginebra Kings last March 25.
Alaska established control right in the first quarter and took a 25-8 lead going into the next period.
They sat on a 17-point cushion at the close of the first period with Ellis sinking a heave from near mid-court line at the buzzer.
Laure and Ferriols had their own buzzer-beating shots in the second period as the Aces rolled on and carried a 45-25 buffer into the final half.
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