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Alaska thwarts Columbian behind Daniels, Banchero

May 19, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The Alaska Aces storm back from a near-double-digit deficit to end their 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut in the winning column

BIG MAN, BIG PROBLEMS. Chris Daniels frolicks in the paint for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska trips NLEX to book last playoff ticket

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:35 PM

The Aces arrange a quarterfinal duel with the top-seeded Phoenix Fuel Masters

Photo from PBA Images

NorthPort turns back Alaska to prop up playoff bid

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The Batang Pier notch their second straight win and narrow the race for the last two quarterfinals berths to 3 teams

JUST IN TIME. Sean Anthony delivers in crunchtime for NorthPort. Photo from PBA Images


Cabagnot on fire as San Miguel turns back Alaska

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Beermen vent their frustrations on the Aces after they were denied of a shot at the twice-to-beat quarterfinal bonus

SCORING MACHINE. Alex Cabagnot scores at will for the playoff-bound San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska keeps playoff hunt going, virtually eliminates Meralco

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The Aces bank on a balanced scoring attack to snap a three-game skid

TAKING CHARGE. Jeron Teng continues to impress for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


TNT rolls to its 4th straight win as Alaska freefall continues

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The KaTropa remain in contention for a top 2 finish that merits a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals

STREAKING. TNT claims another victim in Alaska to keep its hot streak alive. Photo from PBA Images


NLEX trounces Alaska despite Guiao's early ejection

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The Road Warriors snap a two-game losing streak to keep their playoff hopes alive

SKID ENDED. Poy Erram and the NLEX Road Warriors return to the winning track. Photo from PBA Images


Magnolia rediscovers winning groove in romp of Alaska

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee conspire for 44 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists as the Hotshots bag their second victory

SPARKPLUG. Paul Lee thrives off the bench for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo from PBA Images


Compton says quotient reason behind late triple that left Cone fuming

Mar 04, 2019 - 12:16 AM

The Barangay Ginebra coach goes straight into the locker room after Simon Enciso drills in a three-pointer at the buzzer in Alaska's blowout win

NOTHING PERSONAL. Alex Compton (left) says he just doesn't want Alaska to miss the playoffs due to the quotient system after a buzzer-beating triple angered Tim Cone. Photos from PBA Images


Enciso, Banchero lead depleted Alaska's demolition of Ginebra

Mar 03, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Still playing minus some key players, the Aces punch the Gin Kings right in the mouth en route to the blowout win

STAT STUFFER. Simon Enciso fills up the stats sheet as Alaska rebounds from a loss. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix waylays Alaska to claim slice of PBA lead

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright both submit 20-point outings as Phoenix ties Rain or Shine at the top of the standings

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE. Calvin Abueva frolicks in the paint for the red-hot Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images


PBA chairman Vargas 'bothered' by Alaska owner Uytengsu's grievances

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Instead of making public statements, Vargas says Uytengsu should instead voice out his concerns to the PBA board of governors

CLASH. PBA chairman Ricky Vargas (right) says Alaska team owner Wilfred Uytengsu's 'baseless statements' won't help the league 'move forward.' Photos from PBA Images (Uytengsu) and SBP Facebook (Vargas)


Banchero's career-high 16 assists leaves Compton in awe

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:04 PM

The gutsy playmaker steers Alaska to its second straight win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup

TAKING OVER. Chris Banchero steps up in the absence of Alaska's 4 usual starters. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska survives Blackwater scare for 2nd straight win

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The Aces squander a double-digit lead but manage to fend off an Elite squad seeking to end a dry spell

DIME-DROPPING DELIGHT. Chris Banchero dishes out a career-high 16 assists for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


Carl Bryan Cruz seizing moment to shine with Alaska stars sidelined

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Usually coming off the bench, the sweet-shooting forward thrives in a starting role as the Aces notch their first win

STEP UP. Carl Bryan Cruz (21) comes up big offensively for a depleted Alaska squad. Photo from PBA Images


Depleted Alaska shreds Columbian to pieces in 1st win

Feb 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Aces still miss the services of usual starters Vic Manuel, Simon Enciso, JVee Casio and Kevin Racal

MAIDEN. The Alaska Aces win their first game of the PBA's 44th season. Photo from PBA Images


Alex Compton 'not worried' amid Alaska exit rumors

Feb 03, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The 44-year-old mentor says if he will get fired, he trusts Aces team owner Wilfred Uytengsu will 'look me in the eye and tell me'

BACK TO WORK. Alex Compton looks to hit the ground running for Alaska just a day after returning from the United States. Photo from PBA Images


Rain or Shine toys with injury-plagued Alaska for 4th win

Feb 03, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The Elasto Painters capitalize against an Aces squad missing 4 of its starters to injuries

ALMOST PERFECT. James Yap and the Elasto Painters clinch their fourth win in 5 games. Photo from PBA Images


'Win with integrity': Alaska owner slams 'underhanded tactics' in PBA

Jan 22, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Aces honcho Wilfred Uytengsu says dubious trades and the practice of not honoring the salary cap create an 'unlevel playing field'

INTEGRITY. Alaska Aces team owner Wilfred Uytengsu says he and his team hold the responsibility to show the next generation how to do things the right way. Photo from PBA Images


Alex Compton, Alaska fall short once more of grand prize

Dec 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The 44-year-old mentor has now lost 5 straight PBA finals, a new PBA record for successive championship defeats

MOVING FORWARD. Alex Compton tries to stick to the positive of having a better campaign this year compared to last season. Photo from PBA Images


3 years since PBA heartbreak, Romeo Travis basks in championship glory

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The 34-year-old completes his redemption campaign by leading Magnolia to the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup title

REDEMPTION. Romeo Travis gets it done this time after getting swept in the finals in 2015. Photo from PBA Images


Chito Victolero gets Magnolia over the hump for first PBA title

Dec 20, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Groomed by experience in the last two years, the 43-year-old guides the Hotshots to their first championship since 2014

AT LAST. Chito Victolero clinches his first PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


Magnolia clobbers Alaska to snap 4-year PBA title drought

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Hotshots finish off the Aces in 6 games to crown themselves the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup champions

DOMINANT. Magnolia closes out the title series against Alaska in blowout fashion. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 6

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots seek to close out the series, while the Alaska Aces ache to stay alive in Game 6 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, December 19, at 7 pm


No pressure for MJ Ayaay as Alaska picks him in 1st round

Dec 17, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The former Lyceum Pirate is one of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft's surprises as the Alaska Aces select him with their 9th overall pick

TAILOR-FIT. MJ Ayaay says he will work hard to earn his spot at Alaska. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Chris Banchero fined by PBA for landing elbow on Ian Sangalang's face

Dec 17, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The Alaska guard joins Magnolia's Mark Barroca as the two players fined in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

FINED. Chris Banchero's budget for the holidays has been slashed. Photo from PBA Images


Same spot, same result: Paul Lee breaks Alaska's heart all over again

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The newly crowned Best Player of the Conference hits a game-winner versus the Aces in the PBA finals again two years later

CRUNCHMAN. Paul Lee and Magnolia move on the cusp of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup title. Photo from PBA Images


Ian Sangalang finds perfect time for breakout game

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:26 AM

Only one win separates Magnolia from its first PBA title since 2014, thanks largely to the five-year big man's timely offensive eruption

TIMELY. Ian Sangalang carries the scoring cudgels for Magnolia after being relatively quiet in the past 4 finals game. Photo from PBA Images


Battered Travis hopes PBA title makes enduring pain all worth it

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The former Best Import plays through a busted glabella as Magnolia moves on the brink of winning the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup championship

INCHING CLOSER. Romeo Travis is one win away from his first PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


Lee hits game-winner as Magnolia moves on cusp of PBA title

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:37 PM

The Hotshots gain a 3-2 lead over Alaska in the best-of-seven finals affair

ONE WIN AWAY. Paul Lee proves clutch as Magnolia inches closer to its first championship since 2014. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 5

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The Hotshots and the Aces break a 2-all deadlock in the best-of-seven series at 7 pm on Friday, December 14


Barroca slapped hefty fine for low blow on Banchero

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The Magnolia guard, though, evades suspension in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals after hitting the Alaska cog in the groin

NO SUSPENSIONS. Mark Barroca is set to play in Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals series. Photo from PBA Images


Barroca: Banchero punching incident just heat of moment

Dec 13, 2018 - 9:59 AM

The Magnolia guard hit the Alaska standout's groin with a closed fist during Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

NO BAD BLOOD. Mark Barroca (right) says he and Chris Banchero are friends outside the court. Photo from PBA Images


Compton slams 'dirty basketball' as Banchero sustains low blow

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:55 AM

The outspoken mentor says he has a problem with Magnolia players getting away with punches in the PBA title series

LOW BLOW. Alaska's Chris Banchero (left) gets punched in the groin by Magnolia's Mark Barroca. Photo from PBA Images


Harris shows way as Alaska evens PBA finals vs Magnolia

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Alaska Aces knot the best-of-seven series at 2-all after dropping the first two games

TAKING CHARGE. Mike Harris flexes his muscles as Alaska equalizes in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Mike Harris tops Romeo Travis for Best Import plum

Dec 12, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The 35-year-old reinforcement has stamped his mark this season, leading Alaska to its first PBA finals appearance since 2014


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 4

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Magnolia Hotshots seek to gain a 3-1 lead while the Alaska Aces look to equalize when they tangle in Game 4 at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 12


Magnolia's Chito Victolero says sorry for confronting Alaska's Mike Harris

Dec 11, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Hotshots import Romeo Travis twists his ankle after he steps on the foot of the Aces reinforcement while backpedaling

SORRY. Chito Victolero says Mike Harris is a 'good guy'. Photos from PBA Images


Patience pays off for Carl Cruz as Alaska fights back in PBA finals

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:39 PM

With an increased playing time, the seldom-used forward delivers for the Aces, who whittle Magnolia's series lead to 1-2

NEXT MAN UP. Despite riding the bench for most of the time, Carl Bryan Cruz says he always stays ready for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


Fueled by 'trash talk,' Mike Harris brings Alaska back from the dead

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:18 AM

The Aces avoid falling to a 0-3 hole in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals thanks to the red-hot import

NOT YET OVER. Mike Harris gives Alaska a fighting chance in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Chito Victolero calls for consistent officiating after blowout loss

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:25 PM

This comes after Alaska coach Alex Compton said that Magnolia's Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon were not getting whistled for fouls as much as they should be

MANHANDLED. Chito Victolero and the Magnolia Hotshots fail to gain a commanding 3-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Harris plays hero as Alaska blasts Magnolia in Game 3

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Aces notch their first win in the best-of-seven PBA finals affair to shave the Hotshots' series lead to 1-2

FLEXING HIS MUSCLES. Mike Harris won't let Alaska go down 0-3 in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Hope not lost on Mike Harris even as Alaska trails 0-2

Dec 08, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Having won championships in multiple parts of the globe, the Best Import contender says the Aces only need to win one to change the series' complexion

NO WORRIES. Mike Harris says he's been in the same situation before. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 3

Dec 08, 2018 - 6:24 PM

The Hotshots shoot for a commanding 3-0 lead but the Aces look bent on trimming the series deficit in Game 3 on Sunday, December 9, at 6:30 pm


Compton calls out PBA officiating, says Magnolia guards 'foul a lot'

Dec 08, 2018 - 12:21 AM

The Alaska coach says the Hotshots backcourt duo of Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon are not whistled for fouls as much as they should be

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Alex Compton says Alaska needs to play better as it trails 0-2 in the 2018 Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Travis likes Magnolia's gritty Game 2 win over opening blowout

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The former Best Import highlighted the need to remain grounded and focused now that the Hotshots are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven finals affair against Alaska

TWO MORE. Romeo Travis is two wins away from his first PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


Magnolia noses out Alaska for 2-0 lead in PBA finals

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Jio Jalalon delivers again as the Hotshots move two wins away from the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup championship

LOCKING HORNS. Alaska's Mike Harris and Magnolia's Romeo Travis engage in another intense import matchup. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: Magnolia vs Alaska - PBA Finals 2018 Game 2

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:22 PM

The Hotshots shoot for a 2-0 lead as the Aces try to avoid falling into a deeper hole in Game 2 at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, December 7


Vic Manuel expects Alaska fightback: 'Babawi kami'

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:44 AM

After getting whipped by the Magnolia Hotshots, the Alaska Aces vow to avoid another flat start in Game 2 of the best-of-seven PBA Finals

OFF GUARD. Vic Manuel admits Magnolia caught Alaska off guard in the series-opener of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals. PBA Images


Jalalon pumped up by Barroca in masterful Game 1 showing

Dec 06, 2018 - 12:59 AM

The sophomore guard flirts with a triple-double to help propel Magnolia over Alaska in Game 1 of 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals

YOUNG RELIABLE. Now in his second finals appearance, Jio Jalalon says will always give it his best. Photo from PBA Images