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Even a breakout game from top pick JVee Casio couldn’t help Powerade in stopping its losing woes.

Casio had his best offensive game yet with 26 points but Alaska had more balanced scoring and took a much-needed 121-111 win over to the Tigers to keep its quarterfinal hopes flickering in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

It was the only second win for the Aces in 9 games, but they are now just a shade behind the Tigers (3-7) for the 8th and final quarterfinal slot.

Tony dela Cruz had his best scoring game in the last four seasons with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field on top of his 8 rebounds and helped in guarding Powerade’s scoring dynamo Gary David.
LA Tenorio also netted 23 points, rookie Mac Baracael had 22, while Sonny Thoss chipped in 18 for Alaska.

“Mac (Baracael) responded well in guarding Gary David. The idea is to put a bigger player on Gary and it paid off,” said Aces coach Joel Banal.

“Our shots were falling tonight. The team was confident going into this game. Hopefully, we can duplicate this, be smarter because we have only one day of preparation against Shopinas.”

Rookie Marcio Lassiter also had an explosive game with 25 points while David netted 20 but their other teammates failed to contribute as the Tigers absorbed their fourth straight loss.

Alaska was in full command of the game and led 89-79 entering the fourth quarter, before Powerade made a move and threatened at 103-99 on Lassiter’s triple with 3:26 remaining.

But Dela Cruz sparked a crucial 11-5 exchange capped with his three-pointer to push the lead back to double digits, 114-104, with under two minutes remaining.

The Tigers didn’t recover, as the Aces hit their free throws to keep Powerade at bay.

Casio also had 11 assists in 36 minutes of action, but his efforts were not enough to salvage the win for the Tigers.

Alaska now has the chance to catch them in the team standings as the Aces play the winless on Sunday.

“We have to keep on wining. The game against Shopinas is very important for us,” said Banal.

The scores:

ALASKA 121 – Tenorio 23, Dela Cruz 23, Baracael 22, Thoss 18, Reyes 8, Salamat 7, Custodio 7, Baguio 7, Eman 4, Bugia 2.

POWERADE 111 – Casio 26, Lassiter 25, David 20, Kramer 12, Cruz 6, Antonio 6, Adducul 4, Crisano 4, Martinez 3, Calimag 3, Anthony 2, Vanlandingham 0, Allera 0


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