Jefferson pours 30 as Alaska stays unbeaten
Cory Jefferson commandeered the early barrage for Alaska as it held off pesky Mahindra, 98-92, and nabbed its third win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The high-scoring import was at it again, firing 26 of his 30 points in the first half while hauling down 11 rebounds as the Aces established early control and led by as much as 18 in the third period.
Calvin Abueva added 17 markers, six boards, and two assists, while Sonny Thoss got 11 points and two rebounds in the win as their side moved to a 3-0 card.
“Good start. Cory got going early and it helps when your import’s on fire early,” said coach Alex Compton.
James White and Mark Yee, though, kept the Floodbuster in the game as they got to as close as five, 87-82, with 4:15 to play, but Thoss anchored Alaska’s 10-0 response to once again take a 97-82 edge in the final 1:47.
“Sonny came in and he played like his young self. He got points, he got rebounds for us while Cory is resting on the bench. I thought that stretch with Cory out, the guys did a great job,” said Compton.
White topped Mahindra (1-3) with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks, while Yee had 13 markers and four boards.
ALASKA 98 – Jefferson 30, Abueva 17, Thoss 11, Cruz 8, Racal 8, Enciso 6, Exciminiano 5, Galliguez 5, Andrada 2, Casio 2, Mendoza 2, Pascual 2, Magat 0.
MAHINDRA 92 – White 30, Yee 13, Revilla 12, David 10, Mallari 7, Celda 5, Paniamogan 5, Ballesteros 2, Elorde 2, Galanza 2, Guevarra 2, Teng 2, Caperal 0, Deutchman 0, Salva 0.
Quarters: 28-18, 50-40, 74-61, 98-92.
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