The sight of Miami head coach Eric Spoelstra at ringside provided some inspiration for the Alaska Aces, particularly on Diamon Simpson.
“I was aware he was around. His presence was truly inspirational,” said the prolific import who turned in another double-double effort in Alaska’s 94-90 victory against San Miguel Beer Sunday that gave the Aces a 2-0 lead in their PBA Fiesta Conference Finals at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces showed tremendous poise in face of repeated comebacks by the defending champions, wrapping up the game with steady shooting from the free throw line in the last 77 seconds.
“We didn’t expect this. But we played great basketball,” said Alaska coach Tim Cone
And Simpson led another tremendous effort by the Aces, turning in 29 and 17 rebounds. He fouled out with 29 seconds remaining but not after hitting four straight free throws that put the Aces ahead, 91-88, with 42 second to play.
I really don't know what happened to Gabe Freeman and Dondon Hontiveros - shooting nightmare? Since they lost, I'll post no pictures. :P