San Miguel takes the top spot from Magnolia, Alaska pulls away from GlobalPort in OT

Alaska Aces 105 – GlobalPort Batang Pier 98

The Alaska Aces have yet to lose in 2018. They continue their climb up the standings with their sixth straight wins. The latest one was a comeback in OT over the GlobalPort Batang Pier.

The Batang Pier started the game hot, going on a 10-0 run behind some accurate outside shooting. They held on to the lead for most of the game and pulled away by double digits late in the third quarter. They took their offense inside as Bradwyn Guinto, Yousef Taha and Stanley Pringle attacked the paint to build a 12-point lead to start the fourth quarter.

Just when it seemed like the Batang Pier had full control of the game, Alaska came roaring back. Jeron Teng anchored a 12-2 run to get to within three points midway through the final period. The Aces stuck with the Batang Pier until Chris Banchero and Jvee Casio pulled them even at 88. Abueva quickly gave them their first lead with a bucket inside but Pringle got it right back with a three-pointer. A Kevin Racal jumper and Calvin Abueva free throw gave Alaska a two-point lead with 19 seconds left in the game. Pringle once again came up big in the end game, scoring on a tough floater to tie the game. Neither team could get a good chance to score and the game went into overtime.

It was all Alaska in the extra period. After Sean Anthony hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 96, the Aces went on a 5-0 run as Vic Manuel powered his way inside. Manuel continued to dominate inside as Alaska took a seven-point lead in the final seconds, securing the win.

San Miguel Beermen 77 – Magnolia Hotshots 76

The San Miguel Beermen flipped the switch in the fourth period to overcome a double-digit deficit and win a close game against the Magnolia Hotshots. The Beermen take solo first place in the standings and send the Hotshots to a tie for second with the Alaska Aces.

The Hotshots pulled away from the Beermen to start of the second quarter. Magnolia took advantage of a resting June Mar Fajardo to build a sizeable lead at the start of the quarter. Ian Sangalang owned the paint and led the Hotshots to a 12-2 run as the Hotshots pulled away with a nine-point lead. Magnolia took a 10-point lead after one half.

Ian Sangalang continued to play big all the way to the fourth period. He scored back-to-back baskets to start the final period, helping Magnolia maintain a nine-point lead with 10 minutes left in the game. That was enough time for the Beermen to manufacture a comeback. Chris Ross, Chico Lanete and Fajardo cut the Magnolia lead down to just three points with a 6-0 run.

It was Ross and Lanete making big plays again to help San Miguel take the lead. They hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Beermen their first lead since the end of the first quarter. In the end game, it was Fajardo that asserted his dominance in the paint. San Miguel held a one-point lead after Aldrech Ramos hit a jumper to cut their lead down.

Ross was fouled and headed to the line with a chance to extend the lead but he missed both freebies. Fajardo was there to make up for the misses. He grabbed the offensive board and was fouled on the put back attempt. Fajardo sank both free throws to extend their lead to three-points. Jio Jalalon went for the quick two the possession after but missed his shot. Marcio Lassiter sealed the win with a free throw to give the Beermen a four-point lead. Mark Barroca hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer but that wasn’t enough as the Beermen took home the win.

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