MANILA, Philippines – Alaska broke the two-game slip and went on to win 87-81 against Magnolia in the PBA Philippine Cup on Saturday at the University of Angeles.
With a meager 76-75 lead at 3:31, the aces turned to JVee Casio, who drilled a brutal triple at 2:41 to create a bit of such a split.
The Hotshots managed to reach one again, 80-79, with Jio Jalalon’s jumper 1:47 left, but Mike Digregorio responded with a big three-point lead for an 83-79 lead in 54 seconds.
Although his team didn’t exhaust all three at the start of the bubble, head coach Jeffrey Cariaso said they have the tools to shoot from the depths, but they still need a better rhythm to be more consistent from a distance.
“It’s part of how we do what we now have in a team that can make numbers out of three, but it really takes hold,” said Cariaso, whose team hit 7 out of 17.
“I still really feel like we lack rhythm and our flow is still inconsistent. You just don’t know what to expect when you go to the game, but we try to be the best. “
Jeron Teng led the sharp attack by 19 points and rebounded six balls, Casio added 17 points, and Digregorio and Abu Tratter scored 10 points each.
Mark Barroca had 16 points and five assists in the lead for Hotshots, which dropped to 1-2, the same record as Aces.
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