Alaska muscles their way to their sixth straight win, Columbian ends losing streak

Columbian Dyip 115 – Phoenix Fuel Masters 107

The Columbian Dyip got big local production to whether a Matthew Wright and Eugene Phelps scoring barrage. The Dyip end their three-game losing streak and send the Phoenix Fuel Masters to their own three-game skid.

Wright and Phelps combined for 66 points as the two carried the Fuel Masters for most of the game. Phelps led all scorers with 34 points while Wright added 32 to keep the Fuel Masters afloat in the first three quarters of the game. Phoenix took a two-point lead heading into the fourth period.

The Columbian locals came alive in the final period. Eric Camson started the fourth period with six straight points on an and-one bucket and a three-pointer to take the lead. Rashawn McCarthy, Jerramy King and Glenn Khobuntin then traded baskets with Phelps and Wright as Columbian was able to build an eight-point lead. McCarthy, Khobuntin and John Fields scored six straight points in the final minutes of the game to extend the lead to 13 points. That was enough cushion to hold off the Fuel Masters.

Fields led the Dyip with 29 points and 26 rebounds. Five locals scored in double-digits led by Khobuntin’s 18 points. McCarthy and King both contributed 15 points. They also combined for 13 assists. Camson scored 13 points.

Alaska Aces 103 – Magnolia Hotshots 99

With several key players missing from the roster, the Alaska Aces leaned on their rock in the paint, Vic Manuel to lead them to their sixth win. Alaska took down the Magnolia Hotshots behind a career-high 35 points from the Muscle Man.

Manuel was his usual hyper-efficient self during the game. He had his familiar flurry of points to start the second quarter as Alaska took an 11-point lead. Unfortunately, Alaska couldn’t hold on to the lead in the third period. Paul Lee woke up and scored eight straight points, capped by back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead down to just three points. Manuel and Antonio Campbell did their best to try to keep the Aces ahead but their lead dwindled down to just one point heading into the final period.

Manuel had 18 points in the first three quarters. But he needed to do more to secure the win for Alaska. Justin Jackson and Lee powered Magnolia ahead by three-points early in the fourth period. Manuel proceeded to score eight straight points to keep Alaska within striking distance. Jvee Casio backed Manuel up with a jumper to give Alaska the lead with three minutes left in the game. Manuel continued his onslaught as he nailed a step-back jumper plus the foul to give the Aces a four-point lead.

With the Hotshots playing catch-up, all Alaska had to do was sink their freebies to seal the win. Manuel got his totals on 14 of 20 shooting. He also had seven rebounds. Campbell added 28 points and 15 rebounds. Casio came off the bench to score all eight of his points in the final period.