PBA: Alaska scores seventh straight win for share of first
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 15, 2018 08:54 PM
Vic Manuel had a 20+ game for the seventh straight game - which just so happened to also be Alaska's seventh straight win
Vic Manuel scored 20 points for the seventh straight game – and Alaska won for the seventh straight game in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Manuel continued his hot streak with a 22-point, 11-rebound performance as the Aces outgunned spiraling NLEX, 120-111, on Friday at the MOA Arena.
“The Muscleman” definitely wasn’t alone, however, as import Antonio Campbell had 28 points and eight rebounds of his own while point guards Jvee Casio and Chris Banchero combined for 28 markers and 11 assists.
In fact, it was Campbell’s seven points that sparked the 16-4 charge that turned a five-point deficit early in the fourth to a 104-97 advantage at the 5:58 mark in the quarter.
Arnett Moultrie pulled the Road Warriors within two, 106-108, inside the last five minutes, but Campbell connived with Chris Banchero for seven unanswered point that sealed the deal in Alaska’s rise back into a share of first at 7-1. “We’re really fortunate to make plays at the end,” head coach Compton said post-game.
Simon Enciso and Kevin Racal also added 13 points apiece to help their team forge a tie for the top spot with Rain or Shine.
Also helping their cause is a red-hot shooting day from behind the arc with a total of 14 triples. “The fact that we made shots really mattered. I think this is our best shooting game from three in a while,” Compton remarked.
The always amiable mentor is only hoping they continue their roll all the way to a top two spot and a twice-to-beat advantage that comes with it.
On the other hand, NLEX’s hopes for a playoff berth are flickering now at 2-7. That makes their following matchups opposite San Miguel and Magnolia must-win.
Moultrie led the way for them in this one with 34 points and eight rebounds. Mac Tallo was also impressive in his debut with 11 points and three assists.
ALASKA 120 — Campbell 28. Manuel 22, Casio 16, Enciso 13, Racal 13, Banchero 12, R. Pascual 6, Thoss 6, Exciminano 4, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0, Magat 0.
NLEX 111 — Moultrie 34, Quiñahan 17, Baguio 11, Mallari 11, Tallo 11, Tiongson 9, Ighalo 4, Miranda 4, Marcelo 3, Uyloan 3, Soyud 2, Taulava 2, Monfort 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 28-14, 55-48, 88-86, 120-111.
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