The Alaska Aces target to march on to the championship round as they seek to finish off the Meralco Bolts in Game Four of their best-of-five Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series on Monday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. live on TV5.
Alaska, currently up 2-1 in the series, is looking to notch back-to-back wins to set up a date with Rain or Shine in the finals.
The Aces routed the Bolts, 92-72, on Friday after a second half surge by Alaska which got 25 points and 14 boards from import Rob Dozier....
Saddled with a plantar fasciitis injury coupled with the stellar showing of replacement import Shane Edwards, the former Best Import sat out the first 10 games and wondered if he would ever play again for the Aces this conference.
“I wasn’t sure if I’m gonna be back healthy. I was really struggling with that. I was losing my confidence because I wasn’t sure, and on top of Shane playing well and helping the team,” said Dozier, who led Alaska to a title in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup....
“Syempre hindi pa tapos yan,” he said after the Aces’ 92-72 Game 3 win over the Bolts on Friday. “Hindi pa kami naninigurado dito kahit 2-1 na yung series o malaki yung lamang namin. Syempre magpe-prepare naman din sila.”
The energetic Kapampangan forward unleashed an all-around performance of 23 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block to pull Alaska on the hill....
The Beast led the Aces' 92-72 thrashing of the Bolts, but he went down on the floor before he checked out of the game for good after Cliff Hodge's shoulder hit his face.
He was visibly shaken as team trainers attended to him on the bench, but he looked fine when did post-game interviews....
The Alaska Aces entered halftime tied with Meralco but dominated the latter two periods as they stomped the Bolts, 92-72, in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Rob Dozier led the way with 25 points on 11-for-16 (68-percent) shooting and 14 rebounds while Calvin Abueva added his own double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Chris Banchero also played big, scoring 16 points from off the bench. He made all three of this three-point attempts in the crucial game....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||16||7||0.696||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||12||7||0.632||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|