PBA: Alaska Aces fan flickering playoff hopes

Games Sunday

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:30 p.m. — Magnolia vs Columbian

6:45 p.m. — Meralco vs San Miguel

Alaska extended the woes of Blackwater with a 101-91 victory Saturday to keep its slim quarterfinal hopes alive in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Alaska's Jeron Teng fires a jumper against Blackwater's Paul Desiderio (PBA Images)

Alaska’s Jeron Teng fires a jumper against Blackwater’s Paul Desiderio (PBA Images)

Jeron Teng posted 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists, import Franko House had 18 points and 11 rebounds while rookie Abu Tratter added 18 points and six rebounds as the Aces improved to 2-6.

The Aces led by a high of 26 in the first game of the Petron Saturday Special before being able to settle things down amid a serious threat by the Elite to make a comeback to post their second win in three outings following a 0-5 start.

Coach Jeffrey Cariaso remains optimistic that Alaska can stay in the quarterfinal race going into the final three games of the eliminations.

Next on Alaska’s schedule is against NorthPort on Nov. 3 at the Big Dome, Phoenix Pulse on Nov. 13 at the same venue and NLEX on Nov. 20 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Blackwater suffered its third consecutive loss to fall in a share of 10th to 12th places with Phoenix and Alaska in their first game since dealing Allein Maliksi and Raymar Jose to Meralco in exchange for KG Canaleta, Mike Tolomia and two future second round draft picks.

Canaleta put up 18 points and Tolomia had two points in their Elite debut.

Import Marqus Blakely tallied 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four blocks for the Elite.

Rookie Ray Parks Jr’s consistent numbers continue as he went 4-of-19 from the field for 14 points with five rebounds and four assists.


ALASKA 101 — Teng 19, House 18, Tratter 18, Manuel 12, Banchero 9, Thoss 7, Racal 6, Pascual 4, Ayaay 3, Casio 3, Enciso 2.

BLACKWATER 91 — Blakely 19, Canaleta 18, Parks 14, Belo 14, Desiderio 11, Cruz 5, Heruela 4, Cortez 2, Sumang 2, Tolomia 2, Al-Hussaini 0,

Quarters: 29-19; 60-36; 84-75; 101-91.