PBA: Aces suffocate ROS to get back on winning track
Paul Lintag on Oct 03, 2018 09:25 PM
Import Mike Harris dropped a monster 39 points and 25 rebounds for Alaska in the win vs. ROS.
The Aces come back from a long break looking sharp.
Alaska clamped up on defense in the fourth, beating Rain or Shine, 106-89, Wednesday at the Big Dome for the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.
The Aces managed to hold the Elasto Painters to only 12 points in the final 12 minutes, breaking the game wide open. About six came during the final minute when the game was decided already.
ROS was still up by two entering the final period.
With their defense in full swing, Alaska's offense slowly picked apart ROS in the fourth. A huge 16-0 run for the Aces turned a four-point deficit into a 12-point spread, 91-79.
The Elasto Painters never recovered.
"I was coming into this situation honestly just thinking rusty. Obviously there's a lot of things we need to clean up but our guys really fought through it. That was kind of our theme for today – you might be rusty for a minute, for 5 minutes, for a quarter, for a half, just keep going," head coach Alex Compton said.
"But biggest thing, I thought we had the best player on the floor today [in Mike Harris," he added.
Mike Harris was a dominant force for Alaska, shooting 61 percent from the field for 39 points. For good measure, he also grabbed 25 rebounds.
Locals also came through for the Aces with Vic Manuel, Chris Banchero, and Simon Enciso each scoring 16 points.
Six players scored in double figures for ROS led by Beau Belga with 20 points. However, new import Terrence Watson struggled for only 10 and the Elasto Painters have now dropped to 0-3 for the conference.
Alaska 106 - Harris 39, Banchero 16, Enciso 16, Manuel 16, Exciminiano 8, Teng 5, Baclao 4, Casio 2, Racal 0, Pascual 0, Andrada 0.
Rain or Shine 89 - Belga 20, Daquioag 11, Ahanmisi 11, Norwood 10, Watson 10, Nambatac 10, Yap 9, Washington 4, Tiu 2, Ponferada 2, Torres 0.
Quarters: 26-30, 47-49, 75-77, 106-89.
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