PBA: Alaska shuts down Meralco in defensive struggle

Paul Lintag on Aug 24, 2018 09:35 PM
PBA: Alaska shuts down Meralco in defensive struggle
Alaska got its first win in the true post-Calvin Abueva era as the Aces chalked up win no. 1 in the season-ending joust.

Alaska is off to its own fresh start.

The Aces survived the Meralco Bolts in a defensive struggle Friday, coming up with an 80-72 win at the MOA Arena for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.

Alaska got its first win in the true post-Calvin Abueva era as the Aces chalked up win no. 1 in the season-ending joust.

"Glad we won," head coach Alex Compton said.

"I'm definitely happy with the win, I was worried coming into the game, we were facing the back-to-back finalists and best import," he added.

Alaska started to break away in the third period but the Bolts went on a final rally in the fourth.

Fortunately, import Mike Harris came to save the day, knocking down a crucial three-pointer with 23 seconds to go to give the Aces an eight-point lead, 78-70.

Harris led the team with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Three other locals scored in double figures for Alaska led by the returning Chris Banchero with 13.

The Bolts lost back-to-back games and now sport a 1-2 mark. Meralco got 21 points and 11 rebounds from import Allen Durham in a rare down outing.

 


The Scores: 


Alaska 80- Harris 23, Banchero 13, Enciso 11, Manuel 10, Baclao 6, Exciminiano 5, Racal 5, Galliguez 3, Pascual 2, Teng 2, Casio 0.

Meralco 72 - Durham 21, Newsome 14, Amer 13, de Ocampo 8, Caram 6, Salva 5, Canaleta 3, Hodge 2, Hugnatan 0, Laneta 0, Tolomia 0.

Quarterscores: 18-22, 33-40, 61-50, 80-72.

 

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