PBA: Aces finally on the board after destroying Magnolia in Game 3
Paul Lintag on Dec 09, 2018 08:56 PM
Harris scored 18 straight points for the Aces in the third period as Alaska took a 73-49 lead over the Hotshots. Alaska led by 33 after three quarters, reducing the final 12 minutes into mere garbage time.
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Alaska is finally on the board.
The Aces scored their first win of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup in convincing fashion, dominating the Magnolia Hotshots, 100-71, in Game 3 Sunday at the Ynares Center here.
With import Mike Harris at the lead, Alaska reduced the final 12 minutes into mere garbage time and the Aces cut their series deficit in half, 1-2.
After a slow first quarter, the Aces got it going in the second, pouring 34 points to take a commanding lead they would never surrender.
Behind the shooting of its guard core led by Simon Enciso, Alaska took a 50-36 lead at the break and never looked back.
Harris then went to work in the second half, finally having his first great game of these Finals and the Aces held off any possible Magnolia uprising.
Harris scored 18 straight points for the Aces in the third period as Alaska took a 73-49 lead over the Hotshots.
Alaska led by 33 after three quarters.
"I thought we had a great defensice effort and we made some shots," head coach Alex Compton said.
"Overall, the story of the game in the first three quarters was we made a bunch of shots, we didn't turn it over, and we defended at the same time," he added
Harris was a beast for the Aces, leading the way with 36 points and 18 rebounds. He scored 22 total in the third period as Alaska landed its knockout blow.
Vic Manuel added 14 points as the top local for Alaska while Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz finished with 12 and 10 points respectively.
For the Hotshots, everyone struggled as they only shot 33 percent collectively from the field. Romeo Travis was the high man with 18 points while Mark Barroca was good for 13.
No other Magnolia player scored in double figures. Game 4 is set for Wednesday at the Big Dome.
ALASKA 100 - Harris 36, Manuel 14, Enciso 12, Cruz 10, Banchero 6, J. Pascual 4, Teng 4, Galliguez 4, Casio 4, Andrada 2, Baclao 2, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0, Magat 0, Potts 0.
MAGNOLIA 71 - Travis 18, Barroca 13, Herndon 7, Sangalang 7, Mendoza 6, Dela Rosa 5, Abundo 4, Reavis 3, Lee 2, Ramos 2, Melton 2, Jalalon 2, Simon 0, Gamalinda 0, Brondial 0, K. Pascual 0.
Quarterscores: 16-22, 50-36, 83-50, 100-71.
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