PBA: Alaska dominates Magnolia again to force 2-2 tie

Paul Lintag on Dec 12, 2018 09:52 PM
PBA: Alaska dominates Magnolia again to force 2-2 tie
The Aces then weathered a third-quarter storm from the Hotshots before landing the final haymaker in the fourth, reducing this series to a best-of-3.

Now we have a series.

Alaska has tied the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals after dominating Magnolia once again in Game 4,  scoring a 90-76 win Wednesday at the Big Dome.

The Aces have fully recovered from an early 0-2 deficit, forcing a 2-all tie in the best-of-7 showdown for the title.

Just like in Game 3, Alaska had another strong second quarter in Game 4 to gain some separation.

The Aces then weathered a third-quarter storm from the Hotshots before landing the final haymaker in the fourth, reducing this series to a best-of-3.

"I thought our defense was great again," head coach Alex Compton said.

"Our guys have been playing great defense. I mean, there's ways that they can beat us and stuff, but I think it's really tough. It's really tough to get good shots for either team, actually. It's really tough to get good shots for either team," he added.

True enough, Game 4 was another grinding game but it was th Aces that once again found more than enough offense.

Best Import Mike Harris was effective anew, scoring a game-high 34 points to go along with 22 rebounds.

Chris Banchero was the top local for Alaska with 17 points.

For the Hotshots, Romeo Travis fired 29 points from six three-pointers. Best Player of the Conference Paul Lee added 14 points.

Game 5 to break the series tie is set for Friday still at the Araneta Coliseum.

 


The Scores

Alaska 90 - Harris 34, Banchero 17, Pascual 9, Racal 8, Teng 7, Galliguez 5, Manuel 4, Cruz 3, Baclao 3, Enciso 0, Exciminiano 0, Casio 0.

Magnolia 76 - Travis 29, Lee 14, Sangalang 11, Barroca 8, Jalalon 7, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Melton 1, Dela Rosa 0, Herndon 0.

Quarters: 19-22, 43-32, 63-50, 90-76.

 

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