Written By: Ms. Kristina Caramel Sy
The Alaska Aces survived a breathtaking match against the win-less team Shopinas.com Clickers with a final score of 86-80 for the first match of the PBA 37th Season yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jay-R Reyes led the Aces to their 3rd victory as he earned big 13 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Together with LA Tenorio, Alaska seemed invincible in the first 3 quarters, but Shopinas.com never gave their spirit up as they managed to cut their two-digit deficit down to 4 as RJ Jazul threw successful 3-pointers. In fact he made 6 three's. He played well as if he was the rain man Ren Ren Ritualo. Ritualo struggled in this game but thankfully Jazul stepped up.
While Jazul was trying to tie the score using his jump shot, 80-78, the Aces strengthened their offense during the last minute of the final quarter that prohibited the Clickers to get a win in this conference. Due to this loss, Shopinas now tied the losing streak record of Air 21 at 11.
Here are the scores from PBA.ph:
ALASKA 86 - Thoss 15, Reyes 13, Baguio 12, Custodio 10, Dela Cruz 9, Baracael 8, Tenorio 8, Salamat 4, Bugia 4, Eman 3.
SHOPINAS .COM 80 - Jazul 24,Duncil 13, Sena 8, Hubalde 8, Sison 7, Espiritu 7, Escobal 6, Ritualo 3, Mirza 2, Daa 2, Menor 0, Aquino 0, Se 0.
Quarters: 19-18, 45-40, 71-58, 86-80