Alaska on the board after physical game against Meralco

Paul Lintag on Jan 10, 2018 09:31 PM
Alaska on the board after physical game against Meralco
After back-to-back defeats, Alaska is in the winning column to start the new year with a 1-2 record, tying the Bolts in the standings.

Alaska is finally on the board.

Following a gritty affair, the Aces managed to shut down Meralco, 103-98, Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum to take their first win of the 2018 Philippine Cup.

After back-to-back defeats, Alaska is in the winning column to start the new year with a 1-2 record, tying the Bolts in the standings.

In control for most of the game, leading by as many as 14 points at the break, the Aces had to hold off Meralco in the end as a shootout commenced in the fourth period between the two teams.

Still, timely baskets by Calvin Abueva and Kevin Racal helped Alaska start 2018 on a high note.

"I was particularly proud of our defensive energy. I thought that really set the tone," head coach Alex Compton said.

"The defense was way better. I thought our defense was way better and it was really nice to see," he added.

True enough, the Aces limited the Bolts to less than 40 percent shooting from the field all while getting key contributions on offense.

Calvin Abueva led the way for Alaska with 19 points and nine rebounds while Vic Manuel also scored 19 while coming off the bench.

Chris Banchero also had a good game, going for 13 points.

For the Bolts, who now lost two straight, Chris Newsome was the high man with 23 points while KG Canaleta continued his strong start for his new team, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds as a starter.

 

The Scores:

Alaska 103 - Abueva 19, Manuel 19, Banchero 13, Teng 9, Casio 8, Racal 8, Pascual 7, Enciso 7, Thoss 5, Potts 4, Exciminiano 3, Cruz 2.

Meralco 98 - Newsome 23, Canaleta 16, Amer 15, Bono 9, Dillinger 8, Hugnatan 8, Baracael 6, Caram 6, Laneta 5, Ballesteros 2, Tolomia 0.

Quarterscores: 26-16, 53-39, 78-71, 103-98.

 

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