PBA: Aces win back-to-back after holding off Elite
Paul Lintag on Feb 13, 2019 06:37 PM
The Aces will take a 2-1 record into the Gilas break.
Gritty Alaska strikes again.
The Aces outlasted Blackwater in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday, taking a hard-fought 103-101 win at the MOA Arena.
Still severely undermanned, Alaska survived a brave Elite rally in the end to pull off back-to-back wins this season. The Aces will take a 2-1 record into the Gilas break.
“I thought the guys did a tremendous job considering all the stuff that was going on,” head coach Alex Compton said.
“Blackwater really scares me. You saw the shots Allein hit? Roi Sumang... was killing us in the first quarter. Their players are playing well, and they scare me. To come out with a win in this situation is nice,” he added.
The Aces broke out of a close game in the second half and found themselves leading by as many as 13 in the third period. However, Blackwater proved to be a pesky opponent and the Elite dragged the decision to the very end.
Alaska would find separation thanks to Carl Bryan Cruz and Sonny Thoss in the fourth, enough to take the two-point win.
CBC led Alaska in scoring with 18 points, 12 in the fourth, while Jeron Teng also finished with 18 points. Sonny Thoss and Ping Exciminiano addded 16 and 14 points apiece for the Aces.
Blackwater got 25 from Allein Maliksi but it was still not enough to arrest what is now a four-game losing skid.
The Elite dropped to 1-6 after another disappointing loss.
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