Alaska climbs to third spot, denies Rain or Shine of twice-to-beat

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Alaska’s victory also assured defending champion San Miguel of the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.Vic Manuel came through in the clutch for the Aces, who played without Calvin Abueva and Carl Bryan Cruz, as his jumper gave Alaska a 96-95 lead with 39 seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJVee Casio and Kevin Racal then iced the game from the free throw line.Alaska head coach Alex Compton was in awe of how his team delivered under duress especially when Maverick Ahanmisi and James Yap combined their efforts to bring Rain or Shine back in the game. Manuel and Racala also filled up the scoring column for the Aces with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Sonny Thoss and Simon Enciso had 10 points apiece.Ahanmisi led the Elasto Painters with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals while Yap added 17 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed After shrugging off jitters, Kai Sotto unleashes strength LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Vic Manuel. PBA IMAGESAlaska ground it out and frustrated Rain or Shine, 99-95, to reach the third spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Aces improved to 7-4, half-a-game behind no.2 Magnolia, after snapping their two-game losing streak and denying the Elasto Painters, who skidded to 5-4,  a chance for a twice-to-beat advantage come the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “What a game, awesome game,” said Compton. “Maverick Ahanmisi gave me about 800 new gray hairs there in the fourth quarter. I don’t know how many points he had but he hit three threes and a three-point play. He really helped bring them back and it was huge. James had been playing great.”“I just really appreciate the efforts of our guys to weather the storm and keep coming.”Alaska held an 83-75 lead at the 8:03 mark of the fourth before Ahanmisi displayed his marksmanship.Ahanmisi had 15 points in Rain or Shine’s blistering 20-9 run in the fourth that Yap capped off with a jumper to give the Elasto Painters a 95-94 edge with 1:30 remaining.Casio came up with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead Alaska while rookie Jeron Teng and Marlon Magat both had 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img