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Alaska hands ROS 1st loss with record setting rout

Rodney Brondial helped the Aces clobber the Elasto Painters in a franchise low fashion. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Alaska ended Rain Or Shine's blistering start in the PBA Philippine Cup in style, holding its opponent to a franchise record low in a 74-48 rout on Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Defense set the tempo for the said match as the Aces limited the Elasto Painters to only 23 points in the first half and only nine in the fourth quarter.

Rodney Brondial put up 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, six rebounds, and one assist for Alaska, which moved up to 2-2, tying NLEX for sixth place in the team standings.

Abu Tratter added 12 markers, 13 boards, one dime, and one block.

Adrian Wong was the high-point man for ROS with nine points including a late three-pointer that kept the team from owning a dubious record of having the single game lowest scoring output in the league's 46-season history.

The 48 points the team scored, however, is the second lowest, just a point above Shell's 47-point performance against TNT, formerly Mobiline, in 2000.

The Elasto Painters' previous franchise was a 58-point output when they lost to Barangay Ginebra right on Christmas Day 2008.

ROS saw its 3-0 record tainted with its first loss of the year, leaving Magnolia and TNT, which will only return to action on Friday after undergoing quarantine, as the only unbeaten teams left in the Philippine Cup.

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