ANTIPOLO – Alaska made sure its fourth-quarter rally didn’t go to waste as it outlasted GlobalPort in overtime, 105-98, to stay on a roll in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday night at the Ynares Center.
The Aces erased a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter with a rally in the payoff period,
“Coach Pido is doing a phenomenal job with his team; Globalpot is playing great,” he added. “We were so fortunate to come out of this.”
Indeed, the Aces fought tooth and nail to hack out the victory, climbing out of a 75-62 hole late in the third quarter with a spirited effort on both ends in the fourth and overtime periods.
The Aces turned to Manuel at crunch time, with the Muscle Man scoring four straight points in a crucial stretch in the extra session – the first two from the foul line that put the Aces ahead for good at 98-96, then the other two on a short stab off a looping pass from JV Casio that gave them enough breathing room to preserve the result.
Manuel finished with a team-high 21 points, hitting the shots that mattered as he made just 5-of-17 shots overall, on top collecting five boards, two steals, and one assist in 25 minutes off the bench.
Chris Banchero and JVee Casio added 16 points apiece, while Calvin Abueva put up another energetic performance with 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal. Jeron Teng was the other Alaska player who scored in twin digits with 11 markers, along with four boards, and three assists.
Stanley Pringle fired a game-high 28 points, on top of eight boards, and six assists, against six turnovers, scoring on a floater that forced the extra session, before seeing his individual effort go for naught.
ALASKA 105 – Manuel 21, Banchero 16, Casio 16, Abueva 12, Teng 11, Thoss 8, Racal 6, Pascual 5, Cruz 4, Enciso 3, Exciminiano 2, Potts 1, Baclao 0
GLOBALPORT 98 – Pringle 28, Anthony 21, Nabong 15, Grey 10, Guinto 8, Elorde 5, Sargent 5, Taha 4, Gabayni 2, Flores 0, Juico 0, Arana 0
Quarterscores: 20-26, 43-48, 65-75, 93-93, 105-98
before finishing off the Batang Pier in the extra session to hack out the hard-earned victory in a long, grueling battle that took three hours to finish.
Vic Manuel shone brightest down the stretch by scoring seven of the last nine points of the Aces, who stretched their winning streak to six games after starting the conference with two losses as they handed the Batang Pier their fourth loss in seven games.
“If we have to play ten hours and win, then I’ll take it. It’s better than play fifteen minutes and lose,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “Whatever it takes to win.”