PBA: Alston powers Columbian Dyip to opening day win

By Mark Escarlote on Sep 20, 2019 06:59 PM

Khapri Alston dropped 38 points as Columbian Dyip beat Alaska. (Arvin Lim)

Khapri Alston poured in 38 points as Columbian Dyip weathered a furious late game rally by Alaska to escape with a 117-110 win on Friday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the MOA Arena.

Alston had an efficient 12-of-19 shooting from the field and pulled down 22 rebounds in his debut.

“One thing: we have a good import. Kasi 'yun ang wala namin, 'di ba? 'Yung going into the post, dump to him and he'll score, he'll pass,” said Dyip coach Johnedel Cardel of his reinforcement. “He's very smart even though he's only 6'3 1/2, but he plays like 6'10.”

CJ Perez fresh from tour of duty in the FIBA World Cup had 28 points and 13 rebounds while Glen Khobuntin had 16 for Columbian.

The Aces also lost Noy Baclao early in the fourth quarter after hurting his right knee following a collision with Andreas Cahiling with Alaska trailing, 83-95, with 11:02 left. Baclao was stretchered off court for a suspected patella tendon rupture.   

But Alaska refused to go down without a fight as Abu Tratter cut the Aces deficit to 108-113 with 26 seconds left but his empty trip to the line with 21 seconds left burned their chances of a comeback. 

Justin Watts led the Aces with 40 points and 14 boards.

Tratter had 15 markers and nine rebounds while Vic Manuel and Simon Enciso had 14 and 11 points, respectively, for Alaska.


Box scores: 

Columbian (117) -- Alston 38, Perez 28, Khobuntin 16, McCarthy 11, Tiongson 11, Camson 5, Flores 4, Calvo 4, Reyes 0, Celda 0, Gabayni 0, Cahilig 0.

Alaska (110) -- Watts 40, Tratter 14, Manuel 14, Enciso 11, Ayaay 9, Thoss 6, Galliguez 6, Casio 4, Banchero 3, Baclao 2, Pascual 0.

Quarters: 28-22, 56-56, 93-81, 117-110.


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