Mike Harris and his Alaska Aces teammates were sharp in the final period and kept Rain or Shine Elasto Painters still winless, 106-89.
The Aces were back in PBA action after a one month rest and shown no rust when they collided with RoS yesterday evening at the Big Dome.
Having fresh legs from a long break, the Aces continued to demonstrate their tenacity to execute their backcourt press.
Entering the fourth quarter the Aces were down by two points and even extended to four after James Yap converted his jumper in the 11:15 mark, 75-79.
However that was the last time that the Elasto Painters had the lead as Alaska exploded with their 16-0 blast.
Simon Enciso and Vic Manuel started the barrage and it was finished-off by their import Mike Harris.
Enciso finished the game with 16 points with his 4-of-6 shooting from behind the three-point territory while Manuel added his own version of 16 markers along with his four boards.
Mike Harris had a monster game and probably his best game in the league after registering 39 points and 25 big rebounds.
With their victory, Alaska now improved to 4-1 in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup standings and currently sharing the second spot with the surprising team the Blackwater Elite.
In their last outing prior to their RoS duel last September 2, Alaska absorbed their first defeat in the conference against the defending champion, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Yet, with their blowout against the Elasto Painters the team of coach Alex Compton seems ready for another winning streak.
“I was coming into the situation thinking we’re rusty. Even when I sent my son to school I saw the billboard that says rusty (Rusty Lopez). I saw a piece of metal that’s rusty. I know we’re a little rusty but our guys got going and fought through it,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
“That’s our theme. We got rusty in a minute but we got going,” Compton also said.
“Mike was great. The break helped us, helped get Mike’s body right back where he could rehab and do his ankle right,” said Compton.
“He’s a heck of a player and he showed it today,” Compton added.
On Rain or Shine side, it was actually a balance scoring for coach Caloy Garcia squad. Six of his players reached double figures in scoring.
However, their newly arrived import who played last year with the San Miguel Beermen struggled in his first game.
Terrence Watson unable to find to bottom of the rim as he shoots a dismal 3-of-15 from the field.
Beau Belga paced the Elasto Painters with his 20 markers while Gabe Norwood, Terrence Watson and Rey Nambatac had 10 points each.
Ed Daquioag who entered the game from the bench added 11 points and James Yap who struggled mostly in the first half finished with nine.
Alaska vs Rain or Shine Box Score
Quarters: 26-30 | 47-49 | 75-77 | 106-89
Aces (106) – Harris 39, Banchero 16, Enciso 16, Manuel 16, Exciminiano 8, Teng 5, Baclao 4, Casio 2
Elasto Painters (89) – Belga 20, Daquioag 11, Ahanmisi 11, Norwood 10, Watson 10, Nambatac 10, Yap 9, Washington 4, Tiu 2, Ponferada 2