Aces outlast Hotshots

first_img‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books MOST READ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Calvin Abueva goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe defense that Alaska hopes to ride to get back in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals again did the trick last night as the Aces shut down Star in overtime to win, 97-90, and  climb into the upper half of the standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Shorthanded with one of two legitimate centers out for the rest of the conference and the other slowly being broken in, the Aces held fort using a gung-ho style full court press that held the Hotshots to just four points in the extra five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT It was the fourth win in seven games for the Aces, who will have to make do for the rest of the conference without backup center Noy Baclao and with starting slotman Sonny Thoss playing just a shade over six minutes in his first game of the season.Calvin Abueva scored five of his 23 points in overtime and Vic Manuel scattered 25 as the undersized duo more than held the fort for the Aces against Star’s formidable frontline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlaska thus stayed alive in the hunt for a top two berth.The losing finalist to San Miguel Beer here in the last two seasons, coach Alex Compton wants his Aces to be able to start playing right heading into their last four games and actually doesn’t care what position they end up in. Azkals, Asian teams to benefit from broadened World Cup field Paniamogan made seven triples inside the final three periods.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES They play Blackwater on Sunday and then Mahindra on Jan. 22, and Compton just couldn’t help but marvel at the Floodbusters, who ripped Meralco in the first game, 105-92, after getting a career-high 25 points from Philip Paniamogan.“Mahindra looked like a brand-new team out there today,” Compton said after RJ Jazul and JV Casio combined for 23 points and actually beat the prolific Star guard tandem of Paul Lee and Mark Barroca.Allein Maliksi led the Hotshots with 15 points. He was responsible for forging overtime at 86-all but missed a string of shots in extension.“That’s his job, that’s what he has been doing his whole career,” Compton said of Maliksi.Mahindra won a second straight game and coach Chris Gavina believes they are starting to lay down the foundation of a team that looked like it didn’t belong at the start of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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