Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup Quarterfinals between the Alaska Aces and the NLEX Road Warriors scheduled on March 19, 2022, at 6:30 PM.
The Alaska Aces force game two in their clash against the NLEX Road Warriors, telling everybody that they are not done yet. During game one, they held the Road Warriors to only 79 points and they scored 93 points, winning the game with a 14-point lead.
In the first half, the Aces looked like they were about to exit since the Road Warriors held a 16-point commanding lead against them. However, they narrowed down the lead just before the halftime buzzer sounded off.
The Alaska squad then dominated the remainder of the game and overcame the winning margin of NLEX. As a result, they stun the Road Warriors and prolonged their remaining time in the league.
“We didn’t want it to be our last game,” Jeff Cariaso, head coach of the Aces, said. “Hat’s off to the guys. Everyone who stepped on the court came out ready today. The players were cheering for each other, and I think that’s a big difference. That’s a factor.”
Mark Saint Fort, their latest addition to the Aces squad, had 17 points and 14 boards while hitting four of his 12 looks. Jeron Teng added 16 points while shooting 6-13.
Tratter had a double-double performance for Alaska, scoring 12 points and grabbing ten boards, while Tolomia, who came from the bench for the Aces, had 10 points in 14 minutes of action for the team.
During their trail against NLEX’s 16-point lead early in the contest, Bulanadi entered the game and helped reduce the margin of the opposing team, and had a 15-0 surge. Because of this, Alaska was back in the contest and continued to battle all throughout.
“Sabi namin, we have to get back to our defense. And understanding our defensive schemes, and being more physical,” Cariaso shared high thoughts on their slow start. “When we became more physical defensively, we were moving our feet better, we weren’t giving up easy fouls, that allowed the offense to transition, for it to be a little bit easier.”
The Road Warriors also had a new addition to their cast. They replaced their former import with Cameron Clark. The fresh import led the team with 25 points and 16 boards, shot 10-22 from the field, and played 42 minutes for the team.
Kevin Alas added 17 points off the bench in the losing effort while Trollano had 12. Although Rosales was not active on the offensive end as he only produced seven points, he was still able to steal five possessions from the Aces.