PBA: Aces add to the woes of sliding Blackwater
Paul Lintag on Apr 29, 2018 06:30 PM
Coming off a tough overtime loss just last Friday, Alaska wasted little time in establishing its dominance, opening up a 57-29 lead at the break. (PBA Images)
Alaska is on the board.
The Aces picked up their first win of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, adding to the woes of Blackwater with a 93-74 decision Sunday at the Big Dome.
Coming off a tough overtime loss just last Friday, Alaska wasted little time in establishing its dominance, opening up a 57-29 lead at the break.
The Elite would try to make it a game, responding with a 27-12 run in the third, at one point cutting the deficit to seven points, but the Aces restored order by the fourth to secure the win.
Vic Manuel led Alaska, scoring a career-high 27 points, 15 in the fourth period. Import Antonio Campbell added 23 points and 19 rebounds.
Calvin Abueva missed all 10 of his shots, finishing with only three points, but he had 10 rebounds and six assists to help power the Aces.
"They took it to us, they were awesome in the third quarter, head coach Alex Compton said.
"They deserved to come back, that was great for them. We talked about hey, this third quarter is huge, we gotta take care of it. You played great in the first half... but you gotta move the ball, defend, play for each other. But what always happened, nabaliktad ang nangyari. Siguro maganda ang sinabi ni Coach Leo [at halftime]," he added.
Alaska was already up by 30 in the first half, 49-19, as the Aces just completely shut down the Elite.
However, Jarrid Famous sparked Blackwater's rally in the second half, only to fall short.
Famous finished with 27 points and 21 rebounds but it was not enough to save the Elite from a 0-3 start in the mid-season joust.
ALASKA 93 — Manuel 27, Campbell 23, Enciso 7, Exciminiano 7, Magat 6, Racal 5, Teng 5, Baclao 4, Abueva 3, Banchero 2, Casio 2, Thoss 2, Galliguez 0.
BLACKWATER 74 — Famous 27, Erram 11, DiGregorio 9, Sumang 9, Belo 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 4, Banal 2, Maliksi 2, Jose 1, Cruz 0, Palma 0, Pinto 0.
Quarters: 27-11, 54-29, 66-56, 93-74.
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