Harris shows way for Alaska vs hapless Columbian

Delfin Dioquino
Harris shows way for Alaska vs hapless Columbian
The Aces improve to 6-2 to claim a share of third place as the battle for the twice-to-beat incentives intensifies

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska drew a prolific performance from import Mike Harris to keep Columbian winless in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 104-94 triumph at the Cuneta Astrodome on Wednesday, October 17. 

Harris flexed his muscles with 44 points and 27 rebounds to lift the Aces to their sixth win in 8 games and a share of 3rd place with Blackwater as the battle for the 4 twice-to-beat incentives intensifies. 

Vic Manuel pumped in 16 points and 6 rebounds while Chris Banchero flirted with a triple-double of 10 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds in the win that saw Alaska lead by as much as 20 points. 

Although down for the entirety of the match, the Dyip managed to threaten a comeback after narrowing the gap to just 7 points, 88-95, midway through the final quarter.

But the Aces stood their ground as they outscored Columbian, 9-6, in the final 4 minutes. 

JVee Casio chipped in 10 points while Nonoy Baclao and Sonny Thoss conjoined for 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win. 

Akeem Wright fell an assist short of a triple-double after tallying 19 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals but his numbers weren’t enough to keep the Dyip crashing to 0-9.

Jackson Corpuz finished with 19 points while Jerramy King had 14 points and 4 assists in the losing effort. 

The Scores

Alaska 104 – Harris 44, Manuel 16, Banchero 10, Casio 10, Baclao 6, Thoss 6, Enciso 4, Exciminiano 4, Racal 2, Teng 2, Pascual 0.

Columbian 94 – Wright 19, Corpuz 19, King 14, Celda 11, Reyes 8, McCarthy 7, Tubid 6, Lastimosa 6, Khobuntin 2, Ababou 2, Cabrera 0, Cahilig 0. 

Quarters: 33-24, 53-43, 85-72, 104-94.


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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.