ALASKA went on a decisive run in the final quarter to put away Rain or Shine, 106-89, on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces relied on a 16-0 burst to turn a 79-75 deficit into a 91-79 lead capped by a jumper by Mike Harris on the way to their fourth win in five games - good for a share of third place with idle Blackwater.
Harris was impressive, finishing with 39 points and 25 rebounds as the Aces hardly showed any sign of rust after a one-month lay-off.
“I didn’t expect that,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton on the fourth-quarter breakaway. “If we were to end up coming up on top, it would be nip and tuck all the way. We pulled away and the guys made shots.”
Chris Banchero backed up Harris with 16 points and 13 assists while Simon Enciso and Vic Manuel had 16 points each for the Aces.
Beau Belga finished with 20 points while Ed Daquioag and Maverick Ahanmisi added 11 points each for the Elastopainters, who had import Terrence Watson riding the bench late in the game.
The Elastopainters stayed winless in three games as the team continued to struggle after its core played for the national team in the 2018 Asian Games.
Alaska 106 – Harris 39, Enciso 16, Banchero 16, Manuel 16, Exciminiano 8, Teng 5, Baclao 4, Casio 2, Pascual 0, Andrada 0, Racal 0.
Rain or Shine 89 – Belga 20, Daquioag 11, Ahanmisi 11, Norwood 10, Watson 10, Nambatac 10, Yap 9, Washington 4, Ponferrada 2, Tiu 2, Torres 0.
Quarters: 26-30; 47-49; 75-77; 106-89.