Meralco stops Alaska's four-game winning streak

Paul Lintag on Apr 08, 2017 07:40 PM
Meralco stops Alaska's four-game winning streak
Meralco moved to 5-1 for the mid-season conference, half a game ahead over the Aces who dropped to 4-1 after seeing their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Meralco didn't waste any time moving on from its tough outing against San Miguel Beer.

The Bolts got back on the winning track in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, suffocating the Alaska Aces and getting a 99-91 decision Saturday at the MOA Arena.

Meralco moved to 5-1 for the mid-season conference, half a game ahead over the Aces who dropped to 4-1 after seeing their four-game winning streak come to an end.

"I thought we did a pretty good job for like 44 minutes I guess. The last four minutes we were very sloppy with the basketball," head coach Norman Black said.

"But we came into the game knowing the key was to winning was to break the pressure of Alaska, and for the most part we did a good job of breaking their pressure and also executing our offense, which gave us opportunities to put points on the board," he added.

Fighting off Alaska's press, Meralco was able to get ahead and control almost the entire game, putting up an early double-digit advantage in the first half.

The Bolts were well on their way to an easy win after extending their lead to 25 points at the halfway point of the fourth quarter, 91-66, before the Aces flipped the switch and launched an incredible counterattack to make Meralco sweat a little.

The Aces didn't really get too close enough for Meralco to actually lose the game but it remained a point of concern for Black.

"In the last three minutes we got a little bit sloppy and to be quite honest with you, we looked like we got a little bit tired. I'm just happy with the win, I'll take it and we'll move on," he said.

Baser Amer's breakout conference continued against Alaska as the sophomore point guard led the Bolts with 19 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Import Alex Stephenson was once again a monster down low, going for 17 points and 26 boards.

Jared Dillinger was good for 15 points while Chris Newsome and Justin Chua added 14 apiece.

Cory Jefferson led the Aces with 32 points but local support was a little weak this time around for Alaska with Simon Enciso (14 points) and Calvin Abueva (11 points) being the only two other players to crack in double figures.

 

The scores:

MERALCO 99 - Amer 19, Stepheson 17, Dillinger 15, Newsome 14, Chua 14, Hugnatan 8, Nabong 8, Yeo 4, Daquioag 0, Uyloan 0, Caram 0.

ALASKA 91 - Jefferson 32, Enciso 14, Abueva 11, Galliguez 9, Dela Cruz 8, Exciminiano 6, Casio 5, Thoss 4, Pascual 2, Racal 0, Andrada 0.

Quarterscores: 27-19, 50-35, 76-60, 99-91.

 


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