Aces strike

October 17, 2018
Mike Harris
Mike Harris of Alaska looks to score against Jay-R Reyes of Columbian. PBA image

Milk went to import Mike Harris  to roll back Columbian, 104-94, and move  up anew to a share of  third place in  the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Harris  proved to be  unstoppable all  game-long,  scoring   44 points and grabbing  27 rebounds--both  game- highs --  in nearly 40 minutes of action  in the Aces’ sixth win in eight matches in the season-ending tournament.

That’s good for a tie for third and  fourth  places  with  Blackwater with the playoff battle   heating up in its remaining weeks.

Harris’ supporting cast also delivered.

Vic Manuel, JV Casio and Chris  Banchero  made key contributions  as Alaska  rebounded from  a 73-83  setback  to  Magnolia last Oct 14.

“Thank God, we have Mike Harris,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.

But Compton  said he was not  pleased  with  the team’s over-reliance on  Harris.

“It’s an interesting feeling. We won the  game  but I’m really unhappy  with the  way we played, giving up lay-ups in the halfcourt, “said Compton.

“No disrespect to anybody or any other team. My concern is always my team.”

Import Akeem Wright  finished  with  19 points and 15 rebounds for the Dyip, which remained winless in  nine games.

Jackson Corpuz  also had a big game with  19 points.    

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, Lastimosa 6, Tubid 6, Khobuntin 2, Ababou 2, Escoto 0, Cabrera 0.

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