PBA: Aces avoid sweep, extend series
Mark Escarlote on Jul 20, 2018 09:06 PM
Alaska extended the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series after a convincing win over San Miguel Beer. (FILE PHOTO)
ANTIPOLO --- Alaska avoided San Miguel Beermen’s broom after a 125-104 blowout win Friday that breathed new life into the Aces after languishing in a two-game hole in the best-of-five 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series at the Ynares Sports Center here.
The added two-day rest after the original Game 3 schedule last Wednesday was called off due to inclement weather worked wonders for the Aces as they controlled most of the match.
Vic Manuel muscled his way to 24 points while Diamon Simpson, who sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Game 2, played hurt but still managed to put up 21 markers and 13 rebounds for Alaska. JVee Casio added 15 while Simon Enciso had 10 for the Aces.
"Today just kinda felt a little bit like our day. We made a bunch of shots and we had a bunch of bounces go our way. It just felt like one of those days, we just hope we have many of those days. Today felt like one of those days," said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
Alaska opened a 20-point lead early in the fourth period, 97-77, on a Simon Enciso trey as the Aces continued from where they left off after a blistering scoring barrage in the third to build a comfortable cushion.
From there, the buckets just came down pouring for Alaska, which opened a 106-83 gap with 8:00 minutes left in the ball game.
Game 4 is on Sunday.
Renaldo Balkman led the Beermen with 28 points and 11 rebounds while June MAr Fajardo registered 18 markers and 15 boards. Chrstian Standhardinger finished with 10 points.
Alaska (125): Manuel 24, Simpson 21, Casio 15, Enciso 10, Baclao 9, Racal 8, Pascual 7, Galliguez 7, Teng 6, Cruz 5, Thoss 4
San Miguel (104): Balkman 28, Fajardo 18, Standhardinger 10, Ross 9, Lassiter 9, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 8, Lanete 6, Santos 3
Quarter scores: 27-25, 64-55, 94-77, 125-104
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