AFTER dropping its first game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, Alaska Milk is back in the groove.
The Aces turned to Chris Banchero and Sonny Thoss to roll back Blackwater , 103-101, and clinch its second straight win before a big crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Back-to-back baskets by Banchero and Thoss, couled with a costly turnopver by Allein Maliksi, all but wrapped up the win for the Aces.
Maliksi himself tied the score for the last time at 99-all with 1:16 left, before BAnchero countered with a quick jumper to make it 101-99.
Thoss followed up Banchero’s basket to make it 103-99.
With the loss, Blackwater dropped to 1-6.
Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz led Alaska with 18 points apiece, while Thoss added 16.
Chris Exciminiano had 14 points and Banchero had 11 points for the Alex Compton-mentored Aces.
Maliksi carried the fight for the Elite with 25 points, followed by Roi Sumang with 18.
Actually, Abu Tratter had just put the Elite to within 30-31 when the Aces unloaded a scorching offensive ignited by Jake Pascual’s layup that put them ahead by 10, 40-30, with 6:56 left in the second quarter.
The Aces kept their double-digit advantage well into the last four minutes of the second period, with Cruz triple giving Alaska a 46-36 lead.
The Aces’ offense, however, went in tatters after that – a situation which the Elite took advantage to the hilt.
Worse, Compton was seen entering the court that led to a technical.
The Elite on the other hand focused on their business, and with Allein Maliksi, Raymar Jose, Roi Sumang and Mike Cortez at the firing end, they were able to narrow the gap once more at the turn, 49-48, after outscoring the Aces, 11-3.
The Aces had four triples right in the first quarter courtesy of Carl Bryan Cruz, Jerone Teng, Chris Banchero and MJ Ayaay, but they still they could not seem to pull away because the Elite were simply quick in making retaliations.
Back-to-back baskets by Exciminiano gave the Aces a 29-23 lead late in the opening quarter, but Mac Belo’s follow-up shot coupled with Jio Alolino’s triple that barely beat the buzzer to keep the score close, 29-28, at the end of the same period.
Alaska (103) --Teng 18, Cruz 18, Thoss 16, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Ayaay 9, Pascual 8, Galliguez 7, Potts 2, Baclao 0.
Blackwater (101) -- Maliksi 25, Sumang 18, Digregorio 14, Jose 9, Tratter 7, Belo 7, Sena 6, Cortez 6, Desiderio 4, Alolino 3, Eriobu 2, Javier 0, Banal 0.
Quarterscores: 29-28, 49-48, 75-72, 103-101.
DEFENDING champion Kings’ Montessori School Team A made short work of Assumption College 25-4, 25-9 on Sunday to clinch a quarterfinals berth in the 18-Under Competitive Division of the 23rd Women’s Volleyball League at the Xavier School High School Gymnasium in San Juan.
KMS-A barely broke a sweat in the match that only lasted for 39 minutes to finish the eliminations with a 4-0 record in Group A and advance to the next phase while Assumption College wound up winless with a 0-4 win-loss slate .