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 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 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:

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

PBA 2018:

Brownlee carries mighty Ginebra over Alaska, 109-101

September 2, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA 2018: Justin Brownlee carried the mighty Barangay Ginebra over the Alaska Aces, 109-101 in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Brownlee toyed with his near triple-double of 45 buckets, 11 boards and 9 dimes, while high-flyer Japeth Aguilar made 24 points and 10 caroms.

Notes:

Kevin Ferrer and Greg Slaughter also contributed 11 and 9 points apiece for the Gin Kings.

➤ The losing Alaska got stellar numbers from Vic Manuel who crunched 28 points and 4 rebounds, while Mike Harris added 23 markers and 19 rebounds. Harris did not return for the fourth quarter due to probable injury.

➤ Aces guard Chris Banchero meanwhile continued his stellar form as he dropped 21 points, 10 assists and 5 boards for Alaska who lost their first game of the conference.

➤ Ginebra is vying for their third straight PBA Governors’ Cup trophy.

➤ Ginebra is now at 2-0 win-loss slate, while Alaska is at 3-1.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 20-14, 36-34, 73-65, 109-101.

ginebra: 109

Brownlee 45, J. Aguilar 24, Ferrer 11, Slaughter 9, Thompson 8, Chan 5, Caguioa 4, Tenorio 3, Mariano 0.

alaska: 101

Manuel 28, Harris 23, Banchero 21, Baclao 10, Racal 7, Enciso 5, Casio 3, Magat 2, Exciminiano 2, Teng 0.

Posted on September 3, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

Alaska wins face-off with Abueva and Phoenix, 108-97

August 29, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: The Alaska Aces won its face-off with Calvin Abueva and the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 108-97 this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum in the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup. Import Mike Harris hauled 23 points, 11 boards and 3 swats, while guard Chris Banchero made 19 markers, 9 dimes and 4 caroms.

Notes:

Simon Enciso showed his mettle once more as he dropped 18 points and 4 assists for the Aces, while veteran Nonoy Baclao contributed 15 goals, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. It was the best performance of Baclao as part of the Aces roster.

➤ It was a see-saw battle as Alaska overturned an 11-point deficit at the half, to lead by 12 points in the second.

➤ Eugune Phelps aided the losing Phoenix with his monstrous 27 points and 24 rebounds, while former Archer Jason Perkins chimed-in 20 buckets. 

 “The Beast” Abueva also made a good account of himself against his former team by contributing 18 points and 9 boards. Abueva was traded recently by the Aces for Karl Dehesa.

Alaska is now leading the pack in the Governors’ Cup race, as it now holds a 3-0 win-loss slate, while Phoenix buckled to its first loss for a 2-1 record.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 19-22, 54-49, 83-78, 108-97.

alaska: 108

Harris 23, Banchero 19, Enciso 18, Baclao 15, Manuel 9, Racal 8, Casio 5, Exciminiano 5, Teng 4, Pascual 2.

phoenix: 97

Phoenix 97 - Phelps 27, Perkins 20, Abueva 18, Wright 13, Jazul 6, Chua 6, Intal 5, Revilla 2, Wilson 0.

Posted on August 30, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quexon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA 2018:

PBA 2018: Alaska Aces pounces Meralco, 80-72

August 24, 2018 – MOA Arena

PBA News 2018: Alaska Aces pounced Meralco Bolts, 80-72 to register its first victory in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup this Friday at the MOA Arena in Pasay. Mike Harris starred for the Aces with his 23 markers and 15 boards, while returning Chris Banchero had 13 points, 6 caroms and 5 dimes.

Notes:

Banchero came back from a personal leave of absence (due to personal emergency) to lead the Aces anew. The Alaska franchise emerged victorious even if they traded away their star forward Calvin Abueva to the Phoenix FuelMasters.

➤ Reliable Allen Durham backstopped the Bolts with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 dishes, while Chris Newsome made 14 goals and 7 rebounds.

➤ Alaska is now 1-0 in the Governors’ Cup, while Meralco fell to a regrettable 1-2 slate.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 18-22, 33-40, 61-50, 80-72.

alaska: 80

Harris 23, Banchero 13, Enciso 11, Manuel 10, Baclao 6, Exciminiano 5, Racal 5, Galliguez 3, Pascual 2, Teng 2, Casio 0.

meralco: 72

Durham 21, Newsome 14, Amer 13, de Ocampo 8, Caram 6, Salva 5, Canaleta 3, Hodge 2, Hugnatan 0, Laneta 0, Tolomia 0.

Posted on August 25, 2018 - MOA Arena Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

PBA News:

Manuel tows Alaska past Magnolia, 89-78

July 10, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

PBA News 2018: Alaska Aces wrecked Magnolia Hotshots, 89-78, courtesy of another monster performance from Vic Manuel in Game 2 of their quarterfinals battle in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup this Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Manuel finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Notes:

Manuel notched a record 11 game streak of more than 20 points per game.

Chris Banchero also contributed 14 buckets, 4 boards and 3 dishes for the Aces.

➤ Journeyman reinforcement Wayne Chism chipped-in 20 points and 15 caroms for the eliminated Pambansang Manok.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 26-21, 46-43, 78-62, 89-78.

alaska: 89

Manuel 22, Banchero 14, Simpson 13, Thoss 11, Racal 10, Exciminiano 7, Enciso 4, Cruz 3, Casio 2, Teng 2, Baclao 1.

magnolia: 78

Chism 20, Sangalang 14, Barroca 9, Lee 8, Jalalon 8, Simon 6, Ramos 6, dela Rosa 5, Brondial 2, Herndon 2, Reavis 0, Melton 0.

July 10, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team