Alaska’s veteran gunner Dondon Hontiveros admitted it would be hard to beat a loaded squad like San Miguel Beer, which on Wednesday peppered the Aces with 17 three-point shots to cruise to an easy 116-96 victory.
While fans expected the 1st meeting between the 2 protagonists in the Philippine Cup Finals to be close, the Beermen turned the match into a one-sided affair behind their red-hot shooting from beyond the arc and relentless attack to the basket.
San Miguel import Tyler Wilkerson spearheaded the Beermen’s blazing offensive with 32 points, spiked with 4 triples, whileAlex Cabagnot came off the bench to add 22, including 5-of-8 from the 3-point zone.
“Maganda ang shooting nila (Beermen). And defensively, marami kaming mga lapses eh,” Hontiveros rued after the game.
“Mahirap depensahan yung team na maganda ang shooting. Ang dami nag-step up sa kanila.”
San Miguel finished the game with 17 3-point shots, just 2 shy of the total output the the Beermen had during their 120-109 win over GlobalPort last month.
The 6-foot-2 Hontiveros, who is turning 39 this June, said they have long buried the bitter Finals loss to the Beermen, saying they are trying to write a new chapter in the Commissioner’s Cup.
The Alaska wingman though felt San Miguel was able to scout them well, especially since Wednesday’s game was their 23rd meeting, dating back to the start of the 2015 Philippine Cup.
“Hindi na namin naiisip yun eh,” Hontiveros said, referring to Alaska’s 4-3 Finals loss to San Miguel in the all-Filipino conference.
“But we try to think of how to get back to the next play. Pero ilang beses na nila kaming nakakalaban kaya siguro alam na nila paano ma-atake yung pressure namin,” he added.
The loss halted Alaska’s 5-game winning run as they dropped into joint 1st place with Meralco at 5-2.
San Miguel improved to 4-2 for solo 3rd spot. – By Richard Dy
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