PBA: Aces snap three-game slide to push Bolts on the brink of elimination
Paul Lintag on Mar 20, 2019 06:47 PM
Arresting a three-game slide, the Aces improved to 4-5 in the standings, which is enough to be in the top-8 for the moment. (PBA)
The Aces get their much-needed win.
Alaska’s 2019 PBA Philippine Cup playoff hopes received a huge boost Wednesday as the Aces pulled away late from the Meralco Bolts, scoring a 92-77 win at the Big Dome.
Arresting a three-game slide, the Aces improved to 4-5 in the standings, which is enough to be in the top-8 for the moment.
“I thought we did a bunch of things better today, I thought we did much better defensively as a team,” head coach Alex Compton said.
“The fact the we held them down to 77 points was something that we’re obviously happy about,” he added.
The Aces had a strong 13-3 start but the Bolts would quickly recover to make it a game through the end of the first half.
Alaska would have another good start, this time in the third quarter, and the Aces would actually hold on to their lead, keeping Meralco at bay.
Ultimately, the Aces’ 18-point lead in the fourth quarter was more than enough to secure the victory.
Five Alaska players finished in double figures ed by Jeron Teng with 16 points. Simon Enciso added 14 while Chris Banchero and Sonny Thoss each put up 13 points.
For the Bolts, Nico Salva led the way with 23 but at 3-7, Meralco is virtually eliminated from the All-Filipino playoff race once again.
Alaska 92 - Teng 16, Enciso 14, Banchero 13, Thoss 13, Casio 12, Racal 9, Cruz 7, Pascual 6, Baclao 2, Exciminiano 0, Ayaay 0.
Meralco 77 - Salva 23, Canaleta 18, Newsome 11, Amer 8, Quinto 5, Tolomia 4, Hodge 3, Hugnatan 2, Pinto 2, Jackson 1, Caram 0, Faundo 0.
Quarters: 20-16, 45-38, 69-57, 92-77.
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