ALASKA returned to winning ways by overpowering winless Columbian, 104-94, on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Mike Harris scored 44 points and grabbed 27 rebounds as the Aces stoned for a loss to Magnolia on Sundat and moved up to a share of third place with Blackwater on 6-2 win-loss records.
Columbian dropped to 0-9 and fell two defeats away from a winless conference.
Alaska coach Alex Compton, however, wasn't completely happy after the win, saying he felt the Aces were too reliant on their import.
“Thank God, we have Mike Harris,” said Compton. “It’s an interesting feeling. We won the game but I’m really unhappy with the way we played, giving up lay-ups in the halfcourt."
"No disrespect to anybody or any other team. My concern is always my team.”
The Aces led by as many as 20 points but saw their lead shrink to single digits in the fourth quarter. Only timely baskets kept Columbian at bay in the endgame.
Vic Manuel backed up Harris with 16 points while Chris Banchero added 10 points and 11 assists for the Aces, who will face Blackwater on Sunday.
Akeem Wright had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Dyip while Jackson Corpuz contributed 19 points.
Alaska 104 – Harris 44, Manuel 16, Casio 10, Banchero 10, Baclao 6, Thoss 6, Enciso 4, Exciminiano 4, Racal 2, Teng 2, J. Pascual 0.
Columbian 94 – Wright 19, Corpuz 19, King 14, Celda 11, Reyes 8, McCarthy 7, Tubid 6, Lastimosa 6, Khobuntin 2, Ababou 2, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0, Cahilig 0.
Quarters: 33-24; 53-43; 75-62; 104-94.