No Calvin, no problem for streaking Aces

Paul Lintag on Jan 27, 2018 06:38 PM
No Calvin, no problem for streaking Aces
Despite missing Calvin Abueva due to "personal emergency," the Aces still managed to come through, improving to 4-2 in the standings.

The new year continues to be good for the Aces.

Alaska rolled to its fourth straight win in 2018, taking a hard-fought 88-84 decision over Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at the Big Dome.

Despite missing Calvin Abueva due to "personal emergency," the Aces still managed to come through, improving to 4-2 in the standings.

[Related: Compton confirms Abueva's absence was due to "family emergency"]

Alaska was in the lead for all but 15 seconds in the game, opening up a 14-point spread in the second quarter and was basically on cruise control until the second half.

However, the Elite would slowly inch closer and behind the pair of Mike Digregorio and Mac Mac Belo, Blackwater made a serious run in the fourth to keep things interesting.

Unfortunately for Blackwater, it was Alaska that got the breaks of the game, including a booming three from rookie Jeron Teng off a jump ball and with only two seconds onthe shot clock that gave the Aces an 86-80 lead with 1:05 to go.

"I really thought it was gonna be a tough game. Our opinion is Belo, Maliksi, and Erram are supertars. That's the level of respect that we have for those guys," head coach Alex Compton said.

"I think they're the team of the future. They're doing a great job, they're going to be a problem for the rest of us for a while so I'm relieved. I am very relieved," he added.

Without Abueva, it took a collective effort from Alaska to keep its streak going.

Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero led the way with 16 points apiece while Kevin Racal fire 14 points. Teng, the no. 5 pick of the previous draft, finished with 10 points.

For Blackwater, the skid continues as the team has now dropped three straight for a 2-4 mark.

Belo and Digregorio scored 15 each for the Elite while JP Erram hda 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks all for naught.

 

The Scores:

Alaska (88): Banchero 16, Manuel 16, Racal 14, Teng 10, Casio 7, Enciso 6, Cruz 5, Baclao 4, Thoss 3, Pascual 3, Magat 2, Exciminiano 2, Potts 0

Blackwater (84): Digregorio 15, Belo 15, Erram 14, Sumang 10, Maliksi 10, Jose 8, Cortez 5, Sena 5, Cruz 2, Marcelo 0, Javier 0, Pinto 0 

Quarter scores: 20-16, 43-35, 67-61, 88-84

 

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