PBA: Aces pull away from Northport late to take 2x-to-beat
Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2018 06:40 PM
Finishing the elimination round with a 8-3 mark, Alaska moves on to the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage though the team's final standing is yet to be determined.
Alaska is all set for the playoffs.
The Aces beat Northport Sunday in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, taking a 95-85 decision at the Big Dome.
Finishing the elimination round with an 8-3 mark, Alaska moves on to the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage though the team's final standing is yet to be determined.
Locked in a close game, the Aces pulled away late in the fourt to frustrate the Batang Pier, who will end the season with a 2-9 mark in the Governors' Cup.
Still, Alaska had to work for this win and head coach Alex Compton revealed that team owner Fred Uytengsu came into the dugout at the break to light a fire under the Aces.
"Halftime Fred came in and talked to the team. It was short, it was powerful and the guys responded. I'll leave it at that," Compton said.
"He came in and about one and a half minutes laid down the message that I think changed the game for us," Compton added.
Alaska was still actually down in the fourth by three points before a 14-0 run out the Aces ahead for good, 89-78.
Import Mike Harris led the way with 27 points and 25 rebounds while Chris Banchero added 15.
Jeron Teng and Vic Manuel finished with 13 and 12 points respectively.
For the Batang Pier, Rashad Woods fired 33 points, 18 in the final period, to lead all scorers.
Alaska 95 - Harris 27, Banchero 15, Teng 13, Manuel 12, Casio 11, Racal 9, Baclao 6, Enciso 2, Thoss 0, Exciminiano 0, Galliguez 0.
NorthPort 85 - Woods 33, Pringle 15, Tautuaa 13, Anthony 10, Elorde 4, Grey 4, Arana 2, Guinto 2, Gabayni 2, Espinas 0, Fortuna 0, Javelona 0.
Quarters: 24-15, 41-47, 64-62, 95-85.
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