Vic Manuel played with his old deadly form to tow Alaska past Phoenix, 114-91, on Friday in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The win also earned the Aces the second twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinal round.
Manuel notched 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field plus eight rebounds while returning import Diamon Simpson finished with 18 points, 19 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. Alaska finished the elimination round with an 8-3 win-loss record.
“All I know is that we need to win. We don’t really know yet our opponent in the playoffs. It’s an advantage, we worked really hard for it, and we got great confidence,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
Chris Banchero posted 14 points while Chris Exciminiano and Simon Enciso finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, also for the Aces.
The Fuel Masters carry a 4-7 win-loss record.
Eugene Phelps posted 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead Phoenix, while Matthew Wright struggled on 4-of-12 shooting from the field for 13 points.
Alaska 114 – Manuel 28, Simpson 18, Banchero 14, Exciminiano 12, Enciso 10, Thoss 7, Teng 7, Baclao 4, Casio 4, Racal 3, R. Pascual 3, J. Pascual 3, Galliguez 1, Cruz 0.
Phoenix 91 – Phelps 23, Wright 13, Revilla 10, Perkins 10, Jazul 8, Intal 6, Eriobu 6, Guevarra 4, Dehesa 4, Mendoza 3, W. Wilson 3, Chua 1, Kramer 0, Gamboa 0.
Quarter scores: 34-17, 53-42, 80-63, 114-91.
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