Alaska notches first PH cup win, deals Meralco second straight loss

Delfin Dioquino
Alaska notches first PH cup win, deals Meralco second straight loss
The Alaska Aces clinch their first win in the 2018 Philippine Cup

MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces would not go down this time.

After suffering back-to-back losses to open its 2018 Philippine Cup campaign, Alaska finally nabbed its first victory of the season at the expense of the Meralco Bolts, 103-98, at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday, January 10.

Trailing by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, 74-84, the Bolts made things interesting as they went on a 9-3 run to cut their deficit to 4, 83-87.

However, soon as Meralco threatened to make a comeback, the Aces always had an answer to protect their lead.

Kevin Racal buried two straight treys to retaliate KG Canaleta and Baser Amer’s back-to-back treys, 93-86, before Calvin Abueva completed a 3-point play that put Alaska up by 8, 96-88, with only 1:24 left in the game.

Abueva starred for the Aces with 19 points, 9 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals while Vic Manuel chipped in 19 points and 4 rebounds.

Both teams are tied with 1-2 win-loss cards.


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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.