PBA: Against all odds, Alaska is back in the semifinals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 10, 2018 10:47 PM
PBA: Against all odds, Alaska is back in the semifinals
Even without Calvin Abueva, Alaska has barged back into the semifinals (FILE PHOTO)

Riding a strong start of five wins in six games in the elimination round of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Alaska lost Calvin Abueva due to a team-sanctioned suspension.

And when they improved to 7-3 minus their main man, the Aces then lost prized rookie Jeron Teng after he was involved in a stabbing incident.

Still, they fought through and clinched a top-two seed – only to be forced to replacing original import Antonio Campbell with replacement reinforcement Diamon Simpson.

Since then, Alaska has won back-to-back games, the latest of which puts them back in the semifinals for the first time since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.

Of course, everybody is glad to have broken through once more into the Final Four. “I miss the semis,” head coach Alex Compton candidly told reporters post-game.

He then continued, “After all we’ve been through, this feels so good.”

Vic Manuel, frontrunner for Best Player of the Conference, could only echo his mentor’s statement. “Siyempre, masaya kami kasi after dalawang taon, ‘di kami naka-semis,” he said.

Compton, Manuel, and company will now await the winner between San Miguel and TNT. The Beermen lead that best-of-three series, 1-0.

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