ANTIPOLO – Alaska pumped life back into its championship bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup after dealing Magnolia its worst finals loss in franchise history, 100-71, on Sunday at the Ynares Center.
Mike Harris led a telling third-quarter attack, hitting three straight triples including one which he turned into a four-point play as the Aces turned Game Three into a full-blown rout, 70-49.
Instead of being down 0-3 in the best-of-seven championship series, the Aces cut Magnolia's lead to 2-1 to stay in the frame for coach Alex Compton's first title with the team in five finals appearances.
“I think we had a great defensive effort and we made shots,” said Compton. “Overall, the story of the game in the first three quarters was we made a bunch of shots and we didn’t turn the ball over.”
After getting outplayed by Magnolia import Romeo Travis in the first two games of the series, Harris exploded for 36 points and 18 rebounds while going 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc.
He also got ample support as Vic Manuel scored 14, Simon Enciso added 12 points and Carl Bryan Cruz finished with 10 points off the bench.
Cruz converted a three-pointer in a 7-0 run that enabled the Aces to pull away, 50-36, at the half.
Travis had 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists, but tweaked his ankle late in the third quarter after stepping awkwardly while getting back on defense.
Mark Barroca had 13 points as the only other player to score in double digits for the Hotshots.
Alaska 100 – Harris 36, Manuel 14, Enciso 12, Cruz 10, Banchero 6, Pascual 4, Teng 4, Galliguez 4, Casio 4, Baclao 2, Andrada 2, Racal 2, Magat 0, Exciminiano 0, Potts 0.
Magnolia 71 – Travis 18, Barroca 13, Herndon 7, Sangalang 7, Mendoza 6, Dela Rosa 5, Abundo 4, Reavis 3, Melton 2, Lee 2, Jalalon 2, Ramos 0, Simon 0, Gamalinda 0, Pascual 0, Brondial 0.
Quarters: 15-22; 50-36; 83-50; 100-71.