Abueva leads Alaska past Star in tough OT victory

Paul Lintag on Jan 11, 2017 10:03 PM
Abueva leads Alaska past Star in tough OT victory
The Beast scored five points in overtime, creating separation between the Aces and the Hotshots that allowed Alaska to gain a share of third with a 4-3 mark.

The first time Alaska went to overtime this season, the Aces didn't have Calvin Abueva.

They lost.

The second time Alaska went to overtime this season, the Aces had Calvin Abueva.

The Beast led them to a win.

Abueva came through in extra time as the Aces outlasted the Star Hotshots, 97-90,in the Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Big Dome.

The Beast scored five points in overtime, creating separation between the Aces and the Hotshots that allowed Alaska to gain a share of third with a 4-3 mark.

Abueva ended up with a cool 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists, four steals, and one block off the bench for the Aces, providing the most telling blows for Alaska even if it was Vic Manuel who led the team in scoring with 25.

Tied at 83, Abueva buried the go-ahead triple with 2:26 to go before Allein Maliksi asnwered for Star, tying the game for the last time at 86 with 90 seconds left.

Maliksi and Abueva then missed on both ends in the final 40 seconds that sent the game in OT.

"What a game. I wasn't real happy with all the long rebounds but you have to credit them [Star]. You can't take away all their threats they're too good. There are things that you give up," head coach Alex Compton said.

"We were able to pull it out in the end. Calvin and Vic obviously, sila talaga yung bida sa game na ito," he added.

Star actually got off to a better start, leading the Aces by as much as 10 points in the first half but Manuel and Tony Dela Cruz sparked an uprising for the Aces in the third period.

Behind the 10-0 run, Alaska was able to take control and even put up its own version of a double-digit lead, 68-57, before Maliksi put Star on his shoulders to force another five minutes.

The former UST Growling Tiger scored 11 of his 15 total points in the fourth quarter but he shot blanks in overtime, finishing 6-of-16 from the field.

Rafi Reavis and PJ Simon scored 13 and 12 points respectively for Star as the Hotshots dropped to 3-4 for the conference.

 

The scores:

ALASKA 97 -Manuel 25, Abueva 23, Jazul 13, Casio 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 6, Dela Cruz 6, Racal 3, Pascual 3, Mendoza 1, Thoss 0, Magat 0, Cruz 0, Galliguez 0, Hontiveros 0.

STAR 90 - Maliksi 15, Reavis 13, Simon 12, Lee 10, Barroca 10, Brondial 7, Pingris 6, Ramos 6, Sangalang 4, Jalalon 4, Melton 3, Abundo 0, Dela Rosa 0.

Quarters: 18-16, 40-46, 72-65, 86-86, 97-90

 

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