PBA Finals: Purefoods takes Game 1

Philippine Basketball Association
KFC-PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 1
Purefoods TJ Giants vs Alaska Aces

Purefoods wins 81-77

Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants takes Game 1 of the Best of 7 series Finals vs Alaska Aces, 81-77. James Yap led Purefoods with 24 pts on 7/13 shooting and 7 out of 8 from the foul line but it was the crucial plays of Roger Yap, Rafi Reavis and Best player of the Game Marc Pingris that sealed the win in the 4th quarter. Roger Yap just shot 2 of 10 from the field but made crucial plays down the stretch.

Alaska controlled the boards 52-44 but Marc Pingis (13 pts and 13 rebs and 2 blks) and Rafi Reavis (6 pts and 8 rebs) controlled the inside with their rebounding and defense at the end game. Willie Miller led Alaska with 23 pts.

In the other game, San Miguel Beermen took 3rd place by beating Barangay Ginebra.

Game scores:

Purefoods 81 – Yap J. 24, Raymundo 15, Pingris 13, Canaleta 8, Reavis 6, Allado 6, Yap R. 5, Maierhofer 2, Simon 2, Artadi 0.

Alaska 77 – Miller 23, De Vance 10, Thoss 9, Tenorio 8, Hugnatan 8, Borboran 7, Cablay 4, Ferriols 3, Fonacier 0, Cariaso 0.

Quarters: 15-19, 36-36, 61-58, 81-77.

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