Alaska Aces 134 – Columbian Dyip 103
The Alaska Aces unleashed a monster run in the second quarter to pull away from the Columbian Dyip and claim their second win of the conference.
Columbian forced Alaska into a fast-paced game, a tempo that’s worked well for them in their wins. The Dyips managed to score 28 points in the first quarter and they were only down by three points to the Aces after the first period. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Aces in the second quarter. Alaska unleashed a 42-9 second quarter blast that effectively sealed the win at that point.
Both teams started the second quarter slow as they couldn’t find a basket in the first few minutes. Ping Exciminiano finally got on board with two free throws. That opened up the basket for the rest of the Aces. Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel combined to score the next nine points of Alaska as they built a double-digit lead. Antonio Campbell came alive and scored eight straight points, spiked by back-to-back treys to increase the lead up to 20. Kevin Racal closed the quarter with a three-pointer that increased the lead up to 36. The Aces would increase that lead to as high as 43 points as they demolished the Dyips.
Alaska finished with a season high 134 points on 61% shooting. They assisted on 35 of their 54 made field goals. Manuel led the team in scoring with 26 points on 70% shooting. Campbell had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Six other aces scored at least eight points as the entire roster flashed their offensive prowess.
Meralco Bolts 106 – NLEX Road Warriors 90
The Merlaco Bolts opened the game on a strong note and held on to a double-digit lead for most of the game as they took down the NLEX Road Warriors. Meralco wins their second game in the conference while NLEX crashes down to their third straight loss.
The Bolts opened the game like they were the ones looking for their first win of the conference. They concentrated their efforts on defense where they effectively shut down the Road Warriors. NLEX was limited to just 12 points as Meralco forced them into tough looks.
Both teams opened the game with several misses as neither one could find the bottom of the basket. Jared Dillinger finally broke the scoring slump with a three-pointer. Arnett Moultrie also got on the board with a jump shot. Chris Newsome powered the Bolts ahead when he scored seven points in a 10-0 run to help Meralco build a double-digit lead. Newsome’s three-pointer to end the first period gave Meralco a 12-point lead.
The Bolts continued to pour it on the the middle quarters. Newsome and Arinze Onuaku were just dominant in the game. Onuaku was a beast in the middle, gobbling up rebounds and protecting the paint for Meralco. He finished with only 15 points but had 23 rebounds and three blocks to his name. Newsome continued to attack NLEX. His two free throws in the third period gave his team their biggest lead at 24. He finished the game with 30 points on 70% shooting.