PBA: Aces make it three in a row after surviving Phoenix
Paul Lintag on Nov 13, 2019 09:32 PM
Following a 0-5 start, Alaska has four of its last five games, including three straight. (Photo by Josh Albelda)
Don’t look now but Alaska is making a serious play for the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoff.
The Aces survived Phoenix’s uprising Wednesday, scoring a crucial 105-102 win at the Big Dome.
After Matthew Wright put the Fuel Masters to within one with 12 seconds to go, the Aces got two free throws from Jvee Casio to go up by three.
With nine seconds left, Phoenix tried to go for an overtime period but Jason Perkins missed a corner try as time expired.
Following a 0-5 start, Alaska has four of its last five games, including three straight, to force a three-team tie with Columbian and Northport for 7th-9th in the team standings. All three teams have identical 4-6 marks.
Vic Manuel led the Aces with 20 points while Jeron Teng had another strong outing with 17 markers. However, Teng hurt his right knee late after a collission with Phoenix's Justin Chua.
Matthew Wright was good for 25 points and 10 assists in a losing effort for Phoenix. Import Alonzo Gee fired 23.
The Fuel Masters dropped to 2-8 with the loss.
Alaska (105) -- Manuek 20, Teng 17, House 15, Ahanmisi 12, Racal 9, Enciso 9, Casio 9, Tratter 7, Herndon 3, Brondial 2, Thoss 0, Ayaay 0.
Phoenix (102) -- Wright 25, Gee 23, Perkins 18, Chua 16, Mallari 5, Potts 4, Napoles 3, Gamboa 2, Intal 2, Jazul 2, Kramer 2.
Quarters: 32-19, 49-53, 80-76, 105-102.
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