first_imgLATEST STORIES Calvin Abueva proved to be the biggest thorn to the Aces’ side, posting 21 points, 16 rebound and a block. Matthew Wright chimed in 20 markers and three assists.“Big break because we faced a depleted team. But still, I give credit to my guys. They were exhausted from the last game and yet they pressured. We were able to expand our lead in the third because of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPhoenix’s leech-like defense helped their lead swell to as many as 26 in the final frame.Alaska relied on Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz who accounted for 23 and 10 points, respectively. Although those were the only double digit performances the Aces drew from a roster that was sorely missing Vic Manuel and JVee Casio. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Geje Eustaquio staying in top shape with next ONE fight just around the corner Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phoenix Pulse banked on its defensive might to rout Alaska, 94-80, and formalize its entry into playoffs in the nightcap of PBA Philippine Cup hostilities on Friday at MOA Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The ScoresPhoenix 94 – Abueva 21, Wright 20, Jazul 18, Chua 11, Mallari 9, Perkins 6, Mendoza 4, Guevarra 3, Kramer 2, Revilla 0, Marcelo 0, Gamboa 0, Napoles 0, Dennison 0.Alaska 80 – Teng 23, Ayaay 13, Cruz 10, Pascual 8, Enciso 7, Exciminiano 6, Banchero 4, Galliguez 4, Baclao 3, Thoss 2, Andrada 0.Quarters: 29-22, 51-40, 74-53, 94-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ RJ Jazul and Justine Chua combined for 29 to help in the scoring effort and propel the FuelMasters alongside lone tormentor Rain or Shine as the only teams enjoying a 7-1 record.Alas, having ticked one thing off his list, now aims for another in the all-Filipino conference.“This is only formalizes our entry [to the quarterfinals]. We are now aiming for the top two spots to prepare us for the semifinals,” he said.Phoenix now braces for its last three opponents—the troika of San Miguel teams—which Alas regards as the “heavyweights.” They face the listless Magnolia first this next Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.Alaska, which dipped to a 2-2 card, takes on crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra this Sunday in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more