(Mall of Asia Arena)
4:30 p.m. — Phoenix vs. Talk N Text
7 p.m. — Kia vs. Ginebra
ALASKA kept its hot streak going after surviving a scare and completed a huge turnaround for a 105-98 overtime victory over a gritty Globalport squad in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Antipolo City last night.
The Aces notched their sixth straight victory after starting the season-opening conference with two losses, enough to take the solo second spot with a 6-2 win-loss record while dealing the Batang Pier their fourth loss in seven games.
Globalport is now tied with Ginebra, Phoenix and NLEX with identical 3-4 win-loss cards.
Alaska also weathered the 28-point performance of Globalport’s Stanley Pringle as they managed to pull off the brilliant reversal.
The Aces erased a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter with a rally in the payoff period before finishing off the Batang Pier in the extra session.
Vic Manuel shone brightest down the stretch, scoring seven of the last nine points for the Aces.
Manuel finished with 21 points, while four other Aces players also dished out double-digit performances to seal the win.
Chris Banchero and JV Casio finished with 16 points apiece while Calvin Abueva and Jeron Teng contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.
“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.”
Globalport was ahead by six, 85-79 in the last 5:44 of regulation as Pringle completed his charities when Alaska slowly chipped away the lead up until Casio drilled a trey in the 2:56 mark to tie the game at 88-all.
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, Sargent 5, Elorde 5, Taha 4, Gabayni 2, Juico 0, Arana 0.
Quarterscores: 20-26, 43-48, 65-75, 93-93, 105-98.