Manuel, Campbell conspire as Abueva-less Alaska cruises to 5th straight win

Delfin Dioquino

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Manuel, Campbell conspire as Abueva-less Alaska cruises to 5th straight win
Calvin Abueva misses his second game this season due to a personal emergency

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska played its first game in two weeks but that didn’t prevent the Aces from picking up where they left off as they notched their 5th straight win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. 

Vic Manuel showed up for the 5th straight game tallying at least 20 points and import Antonio Campbell submitted another double-double as the Aces eked out a 109-103 win over GlobalPort at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, June 2. 

“The Muscleman” scattered 22 points and 3 steals while Campbell posted 18 points, 18 rebounds, 6 blocks and 3 assists for Alaska, which claimed a share of the top spot with Rain or Shine and TNT after improving to 5-1. 

The Aces trailed 71-81 midway through the 3rd quarter before uncorking a 14-2 run, capped by a Simon Enciso triple, for an 85-83 advantage heading into the payoff period, their first lead of the game.

With the momentum on its side, Alaska led by as much as 12 points in the 4th period, 105-93, until the Batang Pier tried to mount a late comeback but to no avail.

“I love the grit and I expected that we needed it this game. GlobalPort is one of the grittiest teams in the league, they’re physical, they play hard,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.

The Aces missed the services of star Calvin Abueva, who didn’t attend the team’s practices after the All-Star Week ended, but Chris Banchero filled in the void he left with 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. 

It is the second time this season that Abueva missed an Alaska game due to a personal emergency.

Malcolm White, who was slapped a P20,000 fine for his elbow to Chris Tiu’s face the last game, finished with 27 points and 8 rebounds for the Batang Pier, who fell to 3-4. 

Stanley Pringle had 26 points and 6 assists while Sean Anthony added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss. 

Kelly Nabong, who was fined P30,000 for a flagrant foul penalty 2 and for flashing a middle finger, had 12 points, 4 rebounds and two steals. 


The Scores:

Alaska (109): Manuel 22, Banchero 19, Campbell 18, Casio 12, Racal 10, Thoss 8, Teng 8, Enciso 6, Exciminiano 3, Magat 3

GlobalPort (103): White 27, Pringle 26, Anthony 16, Nabong 12, Javelona 7, Grey 6, Tautuaa 5, Elorde 4, Sargent 0, Teng 0, Araña 0

Quarter scores: 20-29, 50-59, 85-83, 109-103

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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.