The Alaska Aces got it going in the second period on the way to a 103-80 drubbing of the Magnolia Hotshots in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces scored back-to-back victories for a 3-2 win-loss record while spoiling the first game of the Hotshots, who were coming off a finals loss to San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup.
Chris Daniels led the way for the Aces with 23 points, seven rebounds, and two assists. JVee Casio scored 17 points and Jeron Teng had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Vic Manuel was back in harness and contributed six points off the bench.
Hobbled by injuries since the PBA Philippine Cup, Manuel finally returned to the fold but was still groping for form, though. But his presence was enough.
"We really missed him," said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.
Seeing the team's top dog suiting up definitely made a world of difference for the Aces.
Alaska was sharing the ball really well from start to finish as they had 31 assists. Casio shot 15 points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting from the three-point area, Banchero had 11 assists, and Teng posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Import Chris Daniels topscored for the team with 23 points on 75 percent shooting and nine rebounds.
Everything simply worked for the Aces, scored back-to-back victories for a 3-2 win-loss record in the mid-season conference.
"Ball movement in the first half was great. I thought our defense was solid," Compton said. "It's nice to have a lot of guys sharing the ball. It's a total team effort."
Still, Compton heaped praise on the Hotshots, who were coming off a finals loss to San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup.
"We caught them tired," said Compton. "I recognize that was far from their best."
Alaska 103 - Daniels 23, Casio 17, Teng 12, Enciso 11, Cruz 9, Banchero 8, Manuel 6, Thoss 4, Ayaay 4, Exciminiano 2, Racal 2, Galliguez 2, Babilonia 2, Andrada 1, Potts 0, Pascual 0.
Magnolia 80 - Sangalang 17, Barroca 15, Fields 12, Lee 9, Jalalon 7, Herndon 6, Ramos 5, Melton 4, Dela Rosa 3, Brondial 2, Pascual 0, Simon 0.
Quarterscores: 25-20, 50-38, 89-64, 103-80
-Magnolia struggled sharing the rock, dishing out only 13 assists.
-Daniels was 4-of-4 from the three-point line.
Magnolia - vs NorthPort on June 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum
Alaska - vs Meralco on June 9 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo