The Alaska Aces gave more life to their playoffs chances as they beat the NorthPort Batang Pier, 106-99.
Vic Manuel muscled up in this very important game as he made 23 points, nine rebounds and was steady on the line with his 5-of-6 shooting.
Two of those freebies were clutch as it came at the 17 seconds mark of the fourth quarter where the Batang Pier attempting to make a comeback.
Manuel was sent to the free-throw line when he attempted to pick up the last foul of NorthPort’s forward Christian Standhardinger who already in his fifth personal foul.
Yet, the Fil-German is aware of his situation and avoided Manuel. It was Gabo Lanete who got slapped with the personal foul.
Alaska import Frank House also added 23 points and 11 rebounds but got fouled out with less than a minute to go in the final period.
The Aces led as much as 14 points but NorthPort doesn’t want to go home without a fight as they chopped down the lead and went to a one position play under the last two minutes.
However, the troops of coach Pido Jarencio unable to complete the comeback and absorbed another defeat.
It only took two games wearing a Batang Pier jersey for C-Stand to break his previous career-high. In this game, he tallied 37 points and 16 rebounds.
NorthPort’s import just five-point short compared to his PBA debut against the San Miguel Beermen. Michael Qualls tallied 35 points and 15 rebounds.
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Alaska vs NorthPort Box Score
Aces (106) – Manuel 23, Enciso 8, Racal 6, House 23, Thoss 4, Casio 7, Teng 13, Pascual 1, Ahanmisi 4, Tratter 17
Batang Pier (99) – Elorde 1, Lanete 8, Standhardinger 37, Qualls 35, Anthony 8, Taha 2, King 5, Ferrer 3