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    Harris to the rescue as Alaska holds off Blackwater for share of PBA lead

    Oct 21, 2018

    MIKE Harris bailed Alaska out from a late Blackwater charge as the Aces hacked out a 116-109 win for a share of top spot in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.

    Harris scored six of the team’s last 10 points including a rare four-point play in the final 16 seconds that clinched the Aces' seventh win in nine outings, creating a three-way logjam at No. 1 along with Magnolia and defending champion Ginebra.

    The 35-year-old Harris finished with a game-high 38 points including nine in the payoff period. He added 19 rebounds and five assists.

    The Elite, which suffered their second straight loss and fell to 6-3, made a last-ditch effort to turn the game around, coming within four points at 110-106 when Harris made the game-winning play.

    “He’s special,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton of his import. “Mike’s four-point play obviously sealed it.”

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    “I’m really happy to come away with the win. I really respect Blackwater and what they are doing.”

    Guard Chris Banchero also came up big for the Aces with 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, JVee Casio added 14 and seven assists, while Vic Manuel with 12 points.

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    "Chris was just dominating the game offensively," said Compton of Banchero, who scored most of his points against the tough defense of Blackwater's Nards Pinto.

    Henry Walker posted a triple-double for Blackwater with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

    But he also committed a team-high six turnovers, including two inside the final minute that doomed Blackwater's endgame rally.

    The scores

    Alaska (116) - Harris 38, Banchero 28, Casio 14, Manuel 12, Racal 7, Teng 6, Baclao 4, Thoss 4, Enciso 3, Exciminiano 0.

    Blackwater (109) - Walker 29, DiGregorio 20, Erram 18, Pinto 13, Maliksi 10, Zamar 10, Al-Hussaini 5, Belo 4, Sena 0, Sumang 0, Jose 0.

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    Quarterscores: 26-29; 57-45; 87-82; 116109.

    Blackwater 109 - Walker 29, Digregorio 20, Erram 18, Pinto 13, Maliksi 10, Zamar 10, Al-Hussaini 5, Belo 4, Sena 0, Sumang 0, Jose 0.
    Quarters: 26-29, 57-45, 87-82, 116-109

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