PBA 2018:

Alaska overcomes Magnolia, snatches Game 3

December 9 – Ynares Center

PBA Finals 2018: Alaska overcomes Magnolia, snatches Game 3

Alaska Aces

PBA Finals News 2018: Alaska Aces overcame the Magnolia Hotshots, 100-71 to snatch Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals this Sunday at the Ynares Center. The Aces finally chalked up a victory to gain a 1-2 slate in their title showdown with the Hotshots. Import Mike Harris delivered the goods for Alaska with monstrous 36 markers and 18 boards, while Vic Manuel added 14 buckets.

Simon Enciso also finished with 12 points while former Gilas cager Carl Bryan Cruz chipped-in 10 goals for the Gatas Republik.

➤ The Alaska Aces put the game away in the third canto, courtesy of Harris 22 total quarter points. The Milkmen also outscored the Hotshots in the third by a gargantuan 33-14 difference. Overall, Alaska’s efficiency was visible in the total field-goals, making 38 of 78 shots for a 48% percentage, compared to Magnolia’s 26 of 77 goals (33%).

➤ Hotshots go-to-guy Romeo Travis paced the losing Magnolia with his 18 points and 3 boards, while Mark Barroca added 13 points and 3 dimes as well.

Alaska and Magnolia will lock horns once more for Game 4 of the PBA Finals this Wednesday, December 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 16-22, 50-36, 83-50, 100-71.

alaska: 100

Harris 36, Manuel 14, Enciso 12, Cruz 10, Banchero 6, J. Casio 4, Pascual 4, Galliguez 4, Teng 4, Andrada 2, Racal 2, Baclao 2, Potts 0, Exciminiano 0, Magat 0.

magnolia: 71

Travis 18, Barroca 13, Sangalang 7, Herndon 7, Mendoza 6, Dela Rosa 5, Abundo 4, Reavis 3, Jalalon 2, Lee 2, Melton 2, Ramos 2, Gamalinda 0, K. Pascual 0, Simon 0, Brondial 0.

Posted on December 10 - Ynares Center

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Finals 2018:

Magnolia repeats over Alaska, leads 2-0

December 7 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA Finals News 2018: Magnolia Hotshots won anew over the Alaska Aces, 77-71 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in Game 2 of their Finals series in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. Jio Jalalon converted the Hotshots’ last six points in crunchtime to secure the Magnolia victory. Jalalon finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds, while import Romeo Travis led with 24 buckets and 9 boards.

➤ Post operator Ian Sangalang also contributed 11 points and 5 rebounds for Magnolia, while ace guard Paul Lee made 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Magnolia secured the game with impeccable defense over the Aces, causing 26 turnovers to Alaska courtesy of 20 total steals. The Hotshots also moved the ball better, dishing out 19 assists compared to the Aces 17 total.

➤ Reinforcement Mike Harris paced the Aces with 22 points and 13 caroms, while “muscle man” Vic Manuel had 10 points and 5 rebounds.

➤ Game 3 will be at the Ynares Center in Antipolo this Sunday, December 9.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-22, 36-41, 61-65, 77-71.

magnolia: 77

Travis 24, Sangalang 11, Lee 8, Dela Rosa 7, Jalalon 7, Reavis 6, Melton 5, Simon 4, Brondial 3, Barroca 2, Pascual 0, Herndon 0.

ALASKA: 71

Harris 22, Manuel 10, Banchero 9, Racal 7, Enciso 6, Casio 5, Exciminiano 4, Teng 4, Cruz 2, Thoss 2, Galliguez 0, Baclao 0, Pascual 0.

Posted on December 8 - Araneta Coliseum

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Finals 2018:

Magnolia scorches Alaska, takes Game 1

December 5 – Mall of Asia Arena

PBA Finals News 2018: Magnolia Hotshots scorched the Alaska Aces, 100-84 to take Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena this Wednesday. Romeo Travis powered the unstoppable Magnolia train with 29 markers, 13 caroms and 5 dimes, while Mark Barroca finished with 16 buckets and 6 steals.

Paul Lee also made 14 points for the Hotshots while guard Jio Jalalon added a triple-double of 7 goals, 12 boards, and 9 assists.

Magnolia outrebounded Alaska 50 to 43, and shot better from the rainbow territory, converting 8 of 18 treys (44%) compared to Alaska’s 7 of 28 three-point bombs (25%).

➤ Reinforcement Mike Harris led the defeated Aces with 20 points and 15 rebounds while Chris Banchero chalked-up 12 buckets and 6 dishes.

➤ The Aces and the Hotshots will resume court hostilities for Game 2 this Friday, December 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 24-14, 52-40, 77-58, 100-84.

magnolia: 100

Travis 29, Barroca 16, Lee 14, Sangalang 10, Herndon 9, Melton 7, Simon 4, Reavis 4, Mendoza 0, Dela Rosa 0, Brondial 0, Pascual 0.

ALASKA: 84

Harris 20, Banchero 12, Teng 10, Enciso 9, Casio 7, Manuel 6, Racal 6, Pascual 5, Thoss 3, Cruz 3, Galliguez 3, Andrada 0, Exciminiano 0, Baclao 0.

Posted on December 6 - Mall of Asia Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Semifinals 2018:

Alaska KOs Meralco, enters Finals anew

November 17, 2018 – Cuneta Astrodome

PBA Semifinals News 2018: Alaska Aces knocked out the Meralco Bolts, 99-92 to enter the Finals of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Reinforcement Mike Harris starred for Alaska with his 27 buckets and 14 rebounds, while JVee Casio made 14 points.

Notes:

➤ It was an all-around team effort for the Aces as Vic Manuel, Jeron Teng, and Kevin Racal all made 10 buckets apiece. Alaska is poised to reenter the PBA Finals after missing the cut for two years straight.

➤ Import Allen Durham powered the Bolts with his 31 points and 14 rebounds but fell short of leading them to a third straight Governors’ Cup championship appearance. Veteran Reynel Hugnatan also added 13 markers for Meralco.

Alaska and Magnolia will battle for Game 1 of the best-of-seven PBA Finals series on December 5.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 21-28, 47-48, 68-60, 99-92.

alaska: 99

Harris 27, Casio 14, Manuel 10, Teng 10, Racal 10, Banchero 9, Enciso 7, Baclao 4, Thoss 4, Pascual 4, Potts 0, Exciminiano 0.

meralco: 92

Durham 31, Hugnatan 13, Newsome 12, Amer 10, Salva 10, Lanete 7, Caram 7, Hodge 2, Tolomia 0, Faundo 0, Canaleta 0, Dillinger 0.

Posted on November 17, 2018 - Cuneta Astrodome

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Semifinals 2018:

Alaska stops Meralco, 104-102

PBA Semifinals 2018: Alaska stops Meralco, 104-102

November 15, 2018 – Cuneta Astrodome

PBA Semifinals 2018: Alaska Aces stopped Meralco Bolts, 104-102 to lead 2-1 in Game 3 of their Semifinals tiff in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Import Mike Harris powered the Aces with his double-double of 31 markers, 24 boards, and 7 dimes. Simon Enciso and Chris Banchero also made waves by scoring 17 buckets each respectively.

Notes:

➤ The Aces survived the potential game-winners from import Allen Durham who missed an uncontested layup, and Reynel Hugnatan who botched a put-back with the Aces leading 103-102 before the end of regulation.

Alaska shot marginally better than Meralco from the trey territory, making 10 of 23 treys at 43%, against the Bolts 8 of 24 total (33%). Alaska also had better opportunities at the charity lane, converting 22 of 24 foul throws (91%), to Meralco’s 12 of 19 freebies at 63% free-throws total.

 Durham had a monstrous 37 points, 13 caroms, and 8 assists performance, but it was not enough as the Bolts have now lost twice in a row to the Aces. Meanwhile, power veteran Hugnatan also finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds.

➤ The Bolts and the Aces will resume battle for Game 4 of their Semis showdown on Saturday, November 16 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 25-22, 47-53, 75-74, 104-102.

alaska: 104

Harris 31, Banchero 17, Enciso 17, Baclao 11, Manuel 8, Casio 7, Thoss 6, Cruz 4, Racal 3, Potts 0, Exciminiano 0.

meralco: 102

Durham 37, Hugnatan 19, Newsome 18, Amer 11, Faundo 4, Caram 4, Lanete 3, Salva 3, Dillinger 3, Tolomia 0, Canaleta 0.

Posted on November 16, 2018 - Cuneta Astrodome

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA Semifinals 2018:

Alaska freezes Meralco, 100-95

November 13 – Mall of Asia Arena

PBA Semifinals 2018: Alaska Aces froze the Meralco Bolts, 100-95 to level their Semifinals series to 1-1 in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Import Mike Harris posted monstrous numbers for the Aces with his double-double of 37 markers and 19 boards, while Simon Enciso uncorked 23 buckets with 15 coming from three-point bombs.

Notes:

➤ Ace guard Chris Banchero also registered 13 points, 11 caroms and 8 dimes while post-operators Vic Manuel and Noy Baclao contributed 7 and 6 points apiece.

➤ The Aces effectively halted the Meralco onslaught as the defeat was only the first loss of the Bolts for the month.

➤ Alaska had impeccable free-throw shooting, with 20 of 21 charities made (95%) compared to the Bolts 13 of 19 (68%). They also outrebounded Meralco, hauling 48 caroms compared to 35 total.

➤ Meanwhile, reinforcement Allen Durham powered the defeated Bolts with 24 baskets, 12 dishes and 9 boards while Nico Salva also added 20 points.

Alaska and Meralco will resume hostilities for Game 3 of their Best-of-Five series showdown this Thursday, November 14 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 23-21, 47-40, 74-60, 100-95.

alaska: 100

Harris 37, Enciso 23, Banchero 13, Manuel 7, Baclao 6, Racal 5, Casio 4, Exciminiano 3, Teng 2, Thoss 0.

meralco: 95

Durham 24, Salva 20, Amer 14, Hugnatan 12, Tolomia 10, Newsome 6, Caram 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Ballesteros 0, Dillinger 0.

Posted on November 14 - Mall of Asia Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Alaska strikes down San Miguel, enters Semis

November 7, 2018 – Cuneta Astrodome

PBA News 2018: Alaska Aces struck down the San Miguel Beermen, 96-85 to enter the Semifinal round of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Reinforcement Mike Harris starred for the Aces with a monstrous 25 buckets and 17 boards output, while Simon Enciso added 15 markers.

Notes:

Alaska exacted revenge on the Beermen who eliminated them during the last conference, the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.

➤ The Aces showed better offensive arsenal against SMB, converting 40 of 88 shots for a 45% field goal percentage, to San Miguel’s 32 of 86 (37%). Alaska also hauled more rebounds, securing 57 caroms to the Beermen’s 52 total.

➤ Import Kevin Murphy backstopped the eliminated Beermen with 19 markers, 8 caroms, and 5 dimes.

➤ Meanwhile. a minor scuffle happened between Chris Ross and Vic Manuel, with both earning technical fouls for the infraction.

➤ The Aces will next face the winner of the quarterfinals knockout match between Phoenix and Meralco this Friday, November 9.

Posted on November 8, 2018 - Cuneta Astrodome

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Alaska gains twice-to-beat, trounces NorthPort, 95-85

October 28, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: Alaska Aces gained the twice-to-beat advantage, as it trounced NorthPort Batang Pier, 95-85 this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum in preparation for their 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs campaign. Import Mike Harris once more led the Gatas Republik with his 27 markers, 25 caroms, and 5 dimes, while guard Chris Banchero chipped-in 15 buckets and 5 assists.

Notes:

➤ Power forward Jeron Teng also added 13 points and 4 boards for the Aces, while veteran slotman Vic Manuel made 12 markers and 7 boards.

➤ The Aces shot better from trey territory, as they made 6 of 24 three-point bombs (25%), against NorthPort‘s 1 of 21 (4%). Alaska also moved the ball better with 27 assists total, opposed to Pier’s 14 dimes.

➤ Reinforcement Rashad Woods paced the defeated Batang Pier with his 33 points and 13 rebounds, while ace ball-handler Stanley Pringle dropped 15 buckets.

➤ The Aces are now at 8-3 win-loss slate as they begin their playoff campaign. NorthPort, meanwhile, ended their Governors’ Cup run with a 2-9 record.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 24-15, 41-47, 64-62, 95-85.

alaska: 95

Harris 27, Banchero 15, Teng 13, Manuel 12, Casio 11, Racal 9, Baclao 6, Enciso 2, Galliguez 0, Exciminiano 0, Thoss 0.

northport: 85

Woods 33, Pringle 15, Tautuaa 13, Anthony 10, Grey 4, Elorde 4, Guinto 2, Arana 2, Gabayni 2, Fortuna 0, Espinas 0, Javelona 0.

Posted on October 29, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon CIty

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

NLEX outlasts Alaska in overtime, 116-110

October 26, 2018 – Ynares Center

PBA News 2018: NLEX Road Warriors outlasted the Alaska Aces in overtime, 116-110, to continue their campaign in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Import Aaron Fuller dropped a ferocious double-double as he made 42 buckets and 22 caroms, while JR Quiñahan added 15 points and 9 boards.

Notes:

➤ The Aces were still in the lead, 110-109 with barely a minute remaining, but Quiñahan‘s dagger trey elevated the Road Warriors to surge ahead 112-110. He later sealed the win for NLEX by securing four clutch free throw conversions.

➤ NLEX led in the rebounds department with 57 caroms total compared to Alaska’s 52, they also moved the ball better with 31 assists against the Aces’ 27.

➤ Reinforcement Mike Harris whipped-up his own double-double for the losing Aces as he dropped 35 points and 26 rebounds, while muscle-man Vic Manuel chipped-in 22 markers and 5 caroms.

➤ NLEX is now 5-5 in the Governors’ Cup and is one victory away from entering the quarterfinals, while the Aces dropped to second place with a 7-3 win-loss record.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 19-20, 53-43, 77-77, 99-99, 116-110.

NLEX: 116

Fuller 42, Quinahan 15, Ighalo 8, Galanza 8, Baguio 7, Tallo 7, Tiongson 3, Fonacier 2, Soyud 2, Taulava 0.

ALASKA: 110

Harris 35, Manuel 22, Casio 16, Enciso 10, Banchero 9, Racal 6, Teng 6, Baclao 4, Thoss 2, Pascual 0, Exciminiano 0.

Posted on October 27, 2018 - Ynares Center - Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Alaska hammers Rain or Shine, 106-89

October 3, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: Alaska Aces hammered Rain or Shine Elastopainters, 106-89 in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Reinforcement NBA veteran Mike Harris powered the Aces with his gargantuan 39 points and 25 caroms, while guard Chris Banchero added 16 points, 13 dimes, and 7 boards.

Notes:

➤ Vic Manuel and Simon Enciso also contributed identical 16 points each for the Aces.

➤ Beau Belga paced the losing Elastopainters with his 20 points, while import Terrence Watson (replaced J’Nathan Bullock), had a regrettable performance as he made only 10 buckets and 13 rebounds.

➤ Alaska is now knocking at the top of the Governors’ Cup standings with a 4-1 record, while ROS is still winless after three games (0-3).

Game Scores:
Quarters: 26-30, 47-49, 75-77, 106-89

alaska: 106

Harris 39, Manuel 16, Enciso 16, Banchero 16, Exciminiano 8, Teng 5, Baclao 4, Casio 2, Andrada 0, Racal 0, Pascual 0.

rain or shine: 89

Belga 20, Ahanmisi 11, Daquioag 11, Norwood 10, Nambatac 10, Watson 10, Yap 9, Washington 4, Ponferada 2, Tiu 2, Torres 0.

Posted on October 4, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum - Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team