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Hotshots brace for Aces fightback

Despite their lopsided triumph Wednesday, the Magnolia Hotshots are keeping their mindset and bracing themselves for a grind-out battle versus the Alaska Milk Aces in Game Two of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven title playoff tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 6th, 2018

Magnolia overcomes late Alaska run, stays on top

Magnolia turned to their guards to hold off a late run by Alaska, 83-73, and stay in first place in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Romeo Travis was solid anew with team-bests of 19 points and 17 rebounds but it was the guard play of Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca that proved crucial for the Hotshots amid the fiery fightback by the Aces. "Our guards have been playing really well the last few games and again Jio stepped up, Mark played good defense against Banchero and Paul on offense," said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero after his squad improved to 7-1. Jalalon followed up his triple-double performance with 18 points, nine rebounds an...Keep on reading: Magnolia overcomes late Alaska run, stays on top.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Hotshots out to end drought

Six days before Christmas, the Magnolia Hotshots seek to put the wraps on what could be the best gift they could have as they go for the kill versus the beleaguered Alaska Milk Aces in Game Six of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Ynares Sports Center tonight......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News4 hr. 46 min. ago

Hotshots outwit Aces, lead 3-2

In a duel of runs replete with highlight plays, Paul Lee made the biggest of them all, grabbing the loose ball then coolly sinking an eight-footer from the right flank as Magnolia beat out Alaska Milk, 79-78, in a nerve-wracking match to grab the pivotal 3-2 lead last night in the PBA Governors Cup Finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

PBA: Lee drills game winner as Hotshots take crucial 3-2 lead

Leethal weapon indeed. Paul Lee drilled the game winner Friday as the Magnolia Hotshots survived the Alaska Aces, 79-78, in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals at the Big Dome. Down one with 11 seconds to go, Romeo Travis was blocked by Best Import Mike Harris on his way to the basket. Fortunately for Magnolia, Lee picked up the loose ball and calmly drilled an open baseline jumper for a 79-78 lead with 1.3 seconds to go. Travis then stopped Harris on a fadeaway in Alaska's final possession and the Hotshots moved on to one win away from the title after taking a crucial 3-2 lead. "Aatakihin ako sa puso," head coach Chito Victolero said with a sigh of relief post-game. "It was a great game, one of the classics in terms of the PBA Finals. I want to commend my players for their mental toughness. We are tired but it was all about heart," he added. Magnolia was up eight, 74-66, with less than five minutes to go. However, the Aces would slowly pick up steam and would score 10 straight to take over, 76-74, in the final 1:17. The Hotshtos were in trouble late too but Lee managed to stop a 3-on-1 Alaska break before finding Ian Sangalang for a crucial and-one play with 18 seconds left for a 77-76 Magnolia lead. Alaska would answer back via two Mike Harris free throws, setting up the final Magnolia play that ended with Lee's clutch jumper. Before the wild fourth quarter, Magnolia dominated the first half, leading by as many as 17 points, 51-34, behind a strong second quarter. Alaska would quickly respond to start the second half, firing a 20-2 run for a 60-55 lead in the third period. Sangalang led the Hotshots with 20 points followed by Mark Barroca with 14. Jio Jalalon added 13 in a big bounce back game. Lee finished with 11 points and his game-winner was being his only basket in the second half. For the Aces, Mike Harris led the way with 26 points. Game 6 is set for Wednesday at Ynares Antipolo.   The Scores: MAGNOLIA 79 -- Sangalang 20, Barroca 14, Jalalon 13, Lee 11, Travis 10, Herndon 6, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 1, Melton 0, Brondial 0, Simon 0. ALASKA 78 -- Harris 28, Enciso 13, Racal 13, Pascual 6, Exciminiano 5, Cruz 4, Banchero 3, Casio 2, Teng 2, Manuel 2, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0. Quarters: 29-28, 53-40, 65-62, 79-78.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Down 2-3 in PBA Finals, Alaska out to prove comeback is real

Alaska was 11.4 seconds away from a 3-2 lead in the race-to-four Finals in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. Only, Paul Lee had other plans – steal the win from the Aces and shoot Magnolia one win from the championship. Of course, Alaska only acknowledged that the close loss left a bad taste in their mouths. “It’s always a tough pill to swallow when you lose one. It was so close,” reinforcement Mike Harris, who scored the could-have-been game-winner, told reporters on Wednesday. He then continued, “This one just came down to both teams being hungry and fighting for it.” At the same time, the Aces also only acknowledged the heroics put on by Lee and the guts showed by the Hotshots. “Hats off to them. The ball bounced to them and Paul Lee ends up making the tough shot,” Harris said. He then continued, “Both teams were tough down the stretch and that’s what you want. These are the games you wanna play in. You want everybody sore and barely able to move when you come out of there.” Nonetheless, they are adamant that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over – even though they are in a must-win situation from here on out. As their American import put it, “The good thing is we got another one on Wednesday. We can clear our head.” He then continued, “We’re not looking forward to Game 7. Game 6 is do-or-die for both teams because I’m pretty sure they don’t wanna go to Game 7.” Point guard Simon Enciso could only agree. “This is really nothing new to us. We’re down 0-2 at the beginning of the series so we just really need to go back to the gym and work harder,” he said. Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals is scheduled on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Compton slams dirty basketball as Banchero sustains low blow

    MANILA, Philippines – Alaska head coach Alex Compton didn't hold back in airing his sentiments after Chris Banchero sustained a low blow as the Aces equalized the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals against Magnolia.  Banchero got punched in the groin by the Hotshots' Mark Barroca with under 3 minutes left ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

PBA: Alaska dominates Magnolia again to force 2-2 tie

Now we have a series. Alaska has tied the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals after dominating Magnolia once again in Game 4,  scoring a 90-76 win Wednesday at the Big Dome. The Aces have fully recovered from an early 0-2 deficit, forcing a 2-all tie in the best-of-7 showdown for the title. Just like in Game 3, Alaska had another strong second quarter in Game 4 to gain some separation. The Aces then weathered a third-quarter storm from the Hotshots before landing the final haymaker in the fourth, reducing this series to a best-of-3. "I thought our defense was great again," head coach Alex Compton said. "Our guys have been playing great defense. I mean, there's ways that they can beat us and stuff, but I think it's really tough. It's really tough to get good shots for either team, actually. It's really tough to get good shots for either team," he added. True enough, Game 4 was another grinding game but it was th Aces that once again found more than enough offense. Best Import Mike Harris was effective anew, scoring a game-high 34 points to go along with 22 rebounds. Chris Banchero was the top local for Alaska with 17 points. For the Hotshots, Romeo Travis fired 29 points from six three-pointers. Best Player of the Conference Paul Lee added 14 points. Game 5 to break the series tie is set for Friday still at the Araneta Coliseum.   The Scores Alaska 90 - Harris 34, Banchero 17, Pascual 9, Racal 8, Teng 7, Galliguez 5, Manuel 4, Cruz 3, Baclao 3, Enciso 0, Exciminiano 0, Casio 0. Magnolia 76 - Travis 29, Lee 14, Sangalang 11, Barroca 8, Jalalon 7, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Melton 1, Dela Rosa 0, Herndon 0. Quarters: 19-22, 43-32, 63-50, 90-76.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Hotshots seek own fightback

It’s the Magnolia Hotshots’ turn to respond or the momentum could completely shift to the other side with the series reduced to a best-of-three affair......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Chito Victolero calls for consistent officiating after blowout loss

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – After Alaska coach Alex Compton, it's now Magnolia tactician Chito Victolero's turn to call out the PBA referees. Victolero requested for consistency in officiating as the Hotshots failed to gain a commanding 3-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals with the Aces scoring a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

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

MANILA, Philippines – Let's just say Mike Harris thrives on a little bit of "trash talking." Harris served as a shot in the arm Alaska needed in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals as the Aces gave the Magnolia Hotshots a 100-71 shellacking in Game 3 on Sunday, December 9. The 35-year-old reinforcement ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Show of force

Adjusting on the match-ups and with his charges taking care of the ball a lot better this time, Alaska carved out an authoritative Game 3 win over Magnolia in the PBA Governors' Cup title series. After losing the first two games of the best-of-seven series in contrasting styles, the Aces broke away in the second quarter to cut the Magnolia lead to 2-1 after a 100-71 victory at Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Sunday night. "I'm glad that we won, but we're still down (in the series)," Alaska coach Alex Compton said. "I expect Game 4 to be a lot more like Game 2 (which was close). I guarantee you, this (blowout of the Hotshots) will not happen again." "I'm shocked," Compton said ...Keep on reading: Show of force.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Aces rein in Hotshots, reduce deficit to 1-2

Alaska Milk finally brandished again its form as the playoff top seed – its defensive spunk, offensive sock, passion, emotion and all – as the Aces bludgeoned the Magnolia Hotshots, 100-71, in Game Three of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Ynares Sports Center here last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

PBA: Aces finally on the board after destroying Magnolia in Game 3

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Alaska is finally on the board. The Aces scored their first win of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup in convincing fashion, dominating the Magnolia Hotshots, 100-71, in Game 3 Sunday at the Ynares Center here. With import Mike Harris at the lead, Alaska reduced the final 12 minutes into mere garbage time and the Aces cut their series deficit in half, 1-2. After a slow first quarter, the Aces got it going in the second, pouring 34 points to take a commanding lead they would never surrender. Behind the shooting of its guard core led by Simon Enciso, Alaska took a 50-36 lead at the break and never looked back. Harris then went to work in the second half, finally having his first great game of these Finals and the Aces held off any possible Magnolia uprising. Harris scored 18 straight points for the Aces in the third period as Alaska took a 73-49 lead over the Hotshots. Alaska led by 33 after three quarters. "I thought we had a great defensice effort and we made some shots," head coach Alex Compton said. "Overall, the story of the game in the first three quarters was we made a bunch of shots, we didn't turn it over, and we defended at the same time," he added Harris was a beast for the Aces, leading the way with 36 points and 18 rebounds. He scored 22 total in the third period as Alaska landed its knockout blow. Vic Manuel added 14 points as the top local for Alaska while Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz finished with 12 and 10 points respectively. For the Hotshots, everyone struggled as they only shot 33 percent collectively from the field. Romeo Travis was the high man with 18 points while Mark Barroca was good for 13. No other Magnolia player scored in double figures. Game 4 is set for Wednesday at the Big Dome.   The scores: ALASKA 100 - Harris 36, Manuel 14, Enciso 12, Cruz 10, Banchero 6, J. Pascual 4, Teng 4, Galliguez 4, Casio 4, Andrada 2, Baclao 2, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0, Magat 0, Potts 0. MAGNOLIA 71 - Travis 18, Barroca 13, Herndon 7, Sangalang 7, Mendoza 6, Dela Rosa 5, Abundo 4, Reavis 3, Lee 2, Ramos 2, Melton 2, Jalalon 2, Simon 0, Gamalinda 0, Brondial 0, K. Pascual 0. Quarterscores: 16-22, 50-36, 83-50, 100-71.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

PBA: Harris after big Alaska win: 'We just prevented a sweep'

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Now we have a series. Despite taking a dominant 29-point win in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals Sunday, the Alaska Aces are still actually down in the series, 1-2. Alaska's 100-71 victory over the Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here only counts as one and the Aces only did enough to avoid a possible sweep. And so Alaska is not going to celebrate this game much, despite finally breaking out following back-to-back bad outings. "I think they knew we weren't gonna quit. I think this is one of those games that we needed to win, if they won this game they go into Game 4 trying to close it. Now both teams are able to refocus," Harris said of Game 3. "We haven't done anything, we just prevented a sweep. I think now we got their attention a little bit more but they have our attention as well, they're leading 2-1," he added. Harris has mirrored Alaska's performance as a whole so far in this series. The leading Best Import candidate struggled in the first two games before dominating Game 3. Harris scored 36 points in Game 3, 22 in the third period. At one point in the third quarter, Harris scored 18 straight for Alaska and the Aces pulled away for good. "I got a couple of shots to go in, very fortunate to finally hit some outside shots. Good thing my teammates, they know what I'm capable of and they just told me to keep shooting," Harris said. "Today was just one of those days," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

PBA: Compton after 29-point win: 'I d rather be up 2-1'

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- From a casual fan's point of view, the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals hasn't necessarily delivered some quality games just yet. Two games have ended in blowouts and the other one only had scores in the 70s. Still, as the Finals get more heated and games become more crucial, Alaska head coach Alex Compton guarantees that it's just going to get better down the stretch. Well not really better per se, but the games will get harder and harder to win for sure. No more 29-point blowouts. "I can almost guarantee you that there won't be another game like this," Compton said after his Aces scored a convincing 100-71 win Sunday at the Ynares Center here. Alaska's 29-point win allowed them to cut the series deficit in half, 1-2. "They're too good, too well-coached, too talented. We just made some shots. I expect Game 4 to be a lot like Game 2," Compton added. The Aces' 29-point win probably won't mean much in the grand scheme of things if they can't follow it up come Game 4. It's the Hotshots that still control the Finals despite taking a beating in Antipolo after all. "If you asked me, would I rather won this game by that score or be up 2-1? I'd rather be up 2-1," Compton said. "Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we won, it's better to win, it's a great coaching strategy, but we're still down 2-1," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Going for the kill

Paul Lee knows that Magnolia has something going with a 2-0 lead over Alaska in their PBA Governors' Cup title series.   But the prolific guard swears that he feels like he and his Hotshots feel like they're holding on to nothing.   "The series is so balanced, so matched, that you don't feel comfortable even with the lead that we have," Lee told the Inquirer in Filipino while on the way to his car Friday night, an hour or so after the Hotshots pulled out a 77-71 Game 2 win at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   "You just feel that [no lead] is safe against that team," he said in respect of the Aces, who will, for all intents and purposes, be playing for their s...Keep on reading: Going for the kill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Magnolia’s defense did the trick in Game 2

Alaska looked to have recovered from the Aces lethargic Game 1 loss to Magnolia hotshots in the ongoing best- of-seven series for the PBA Governors’ Cup. And the ghost, too,…READ The post Magnolia’s defense did the trick in Game 2 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

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

MANILA, Philippines – Mike Harris isn't pushing the panic button just yet despite seeing Alaska fall to a 0-2 hole in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals against Magnolia.  The Best Import contender said he and the Aces couldn't get too low after they fell prey to the Hotshots anew , 71-77, in Game ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Alex Compton rues Alaska turnovers, referees letting Magnolia guards ‘foul a lot’

MANILA, Philippines---For Alaska head coach Alex Compton, Game 2 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals boiled down to one thing---turnovers. Compton lamented his team's terrible execution, saying it was the Aces' 26 turnovers that contributed to their doom in the 77-71 loss to Magnolia that sent them trialing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. "We turned the ball over 26 times and that was huge, credit to Magnolia," said Compton Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "We should take better care of the basketball." "They [the Hotshots] played great defensively and for the most part we were solid defensively. We just got to be better because 25, 26 turnovers that's the prime story of the ...Keep on reading: Alex Compton rues Alaska turnovers, referees letting Magnolia guards ‘foul a lot’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Magnolia blasts Alaska, 77-71

Magnolia overran Alaska, 77-71, in Game 2 of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup best-of-seven finals series to gain a 2-0 lead Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Down by four, 61-65, entering the fourth period, the Hotshots made a tough defensive stance that limited the Aces to just six points the rest of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018