PBA: Aces deal first loss to Abueva's Fuel Masters

Paul Lintag on Aug 29, 2018 09:28 PM
PBA: Aces deal first loss to Abueva's Fuel Masters
For the first time since trading Calvin Abueva to Phoenix, both parties met on the court and Alaska got the win to start, extending its opening streak to three games for first place in the season-ending joust.

Alaska gets the better of the Beast this time.

The Aces dealt Phoenix a 108-97 beating Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Big Dome, winning the first game against their former star who now plays for the Fuel Masters.

For the first time since trading Calvin Abueva to Phoenix, both parties met on the court and Alaska got the win to start, extending its opening streak to three games for first place in the season-ending joust.

Down by as many as 11 in the first half, the Aces recovered in the third and put away Phoenix in th fourth, using a 10-0 run to open up a 97-85 lead.

The Aces had another run to finish the game off to take over the no. 1 spot in the standings.

"I felt like Phoenix dominated us for most of the first half," head coach Alex Compton said.

"Honestly, at halftime, I was really not happy with our effort," he added.

Fortunately for Compton, his locals came to play in the second half.

With import Mike Harris dealing with foul trouble, Chris Banchero, Simon Enciso, and Noy Baclao did the heavy lifting for Alaska.

Harris still lead the team in scoring with 23 points but only six came in the second half. Banchero added 19 points while Enciso was good for 18. Baclao scored 15 points in a surprise solid performance.

The Fuel Masters got 27 points and 24 rebounds from import Eugene Phelps while rookie Jason Perkins was good for 20.

Abueva finished with 18 points and nine rebounds against his former team. Phoenix dropped to 2-1.

 

The Scores:


Alaska 108 - Harris 23, Banchero 19, Enciso 18, Baclao 15, Manuel 9, Racal 8, Exciminiano 5, Casio 5, Teng 4, Pascual 2. 

Phoenix 97 - Phelps 27, Perkins 20, Abueva 18, Wright 13, Chua 6, Jazul 6, Intal 5, Revilla 2, Wilson 0. 


Quarters: 19-22, 54-49, 83-78, 108-97


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