Alaska Aces big-man Sonny Thoss rediscovered his shooting strokes as he logged his conference high in scoring but most importantly his team is now back in the PBA playoffs.
The 15-year veteran scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He is very impressive on the floor as he shoots 71% from the field.
That victory also snapped its two-game losing skid prior to their do-or-die game against NLEX.
Alaska next schedule is against the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters in the first round of the playoffs. The Aces needed to win twice in order for them to advance to the second round.
Thoss and the entire Alaska squad will be facing their former allies that played with them in previous battles who are now donning the Fuel Masters uniform.
Those are Phoenix head coach Louie Alas and assistant head coach Topex Robinson. Also they’ll be matching up against Calvin Abueva and RJ Jazul.
“Right now they’re our opponents so we’re going to come out to the best we can. We have a day to prepare we just gonna come-in prepare having the same mindset, defense,” said Thoss during a post-game interview.
Alaska led as much as 28 points and dominated the first three quarters.
Yet, in the final quarter the Road Warriors made its surge and cuts the lead down to 10 points with 1:10 remaining in the game, 86-76.
Alaska head coach Alex Compton then called a full timeout and probably instructed his players to slow down the pace of the game and it worked.
With less time, NLEX unable to complete the comeback. They indeed cut the lead as low as eight, 88-80 as time expired.
Alaska vs NLEX Box Score
Quarters: 23-17 | 44-25 | 73-50 | 88-80
Aces (88) – Thoss 21, Enciso 16, Cruz 16, Casio 13, Banchero 4, Baclao 4, Ayaay 4, Racal 3, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Potts 2
Road Warriors (80) – Ighalo 16, Galanza 14, Quinahan 13, Erram 10, Paniamogan 8, Magat 7, Rios 5, Baguio 3, Paredes 2, Tiongson 2