The Alaska Aces kept their playoffs chances alive after they beat the Blackwater Elite, 101-91.
Jeron Teng sparked the Aces with his 19 points and eight rebounds performance. On all of their victories this season-ending tourney, Teng was the choice athlete to be named as the Best Player of the Game.
His teammate Abu Tratter and Alaska import Frank House added 11 points each.
The Aces led as much as 26 points as their opponent unable to find answers to their offensive players, particularly in first and second quarters.
Then after Blackwater’s huddle in their dugout, the troops of coach Aris Dimaunahan found the energy and tried to make a comeback in the third quarter.
Blackwater outscored Alaska in the opening of the second half with 39-24.
It was time for coach Jeff Cariaso to make his move and instead on discussing the technicals of basketball, the new head coach touched the emotional aspect of the game.
His players responded and were able to stop the run of Blackwater and took home the win.
Marqus Blakely led the Elite in scoring with his 19 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists while KG Canaleta had 18 points in his debut with Blackwater.
Teng Challenged Canaleta
Alaska vs Blackwater Box Score
Aces (101) – Casio 3, Enciso 2, Ayaay 3, Tratter 18, House 18, Thoss 7, Teng 19, Bacnhero 9, Manuel, 12, Pascual 4, Racal 6
Elite (91) – Cortez 2, Blakely 19, Cruz 5, Desiderio 11, Parks 14, Canaleta 18, Heruela 4, Sumang 2, Belo 14, Tolomia 2