No end to Aces' woes

October 04, 2019
Allen Durham and Abu Tratter
Abu Tratter of Alaska applies the pressure on Allen Durham of Meralco in the second quarter of their game yesterday.

Alaska’s woes in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup would continue.

Meralco made sure of that on Friday.

Before a lean crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena, the Bolts threw a fiery offensive  in the third period ,paving the way for a 101-75 rout of the Aces.

As they had no knowledge of what Alaska might unleash with its new import in Franko House, the Bolts merely spent the entire first half trying to size up the multi-titled team before they gave their best in the third.

Leading only by six points at the turn, the Bolts turned to Baser Amer and Allen Durham who combined forces to outplay the Aces and build a 70-52 lead which snowballed as the game wore on.

A three-point play by Raymond Almazan, a basket by Reynel Hugnatan while Anjo Caram added a basket of his own as the Bolts opened up a 79-61 lead at the onset of the fourth.

The Bolts have now notched their second win in three games and kept themselves well within the upper half of the standings.

The Aces on the other hand remained winless in four starts in the season-ending tournament under coach Jeffrey Cariaso.

If there was any consolation, the Aces were able to keep the game close despite getting token support from House, who struggled with four points, seven rebounds and three assists in a 20-minute stint inside in the first half.

Former best import Allen Durham led the Bolts furious offensive with 25 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, with Amer easily the most consistent among the Meralco locals after coming away with 27 points.

House finished with eight points, four in the first half, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Aces.

Meanwhile, four teams are set to hold their practices in various schools as the PBA brings back its act around Metro Manila campuses in its aim to provide schools and student population inspirational vehicle for developing basketball talent.

Phoenix Pulse’s Fuel Masters kick off the campus tour on Oct. 17 when they visit the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) grounds in Manila.

Rookie forward Jorey Napoles was a product of the school and holds the distinction as the first TIP player in history to be picked in the PBA draft after being selected first overall (no. 12) by the franchise in 2018.

NorthPort Batang Pier follow suit the week after on Oct. 24 as the team holds practice at the Letran gymnasium in Intramuros.

On November 7, Alaska deputy coach Danny Ildefonso gets the chance to reminisce the past as the Aces hold court drills at the National University gym in Sampaloc.

The following week on Nov. 14, top draft pick CJ Perez goes back to his alma mater Lyceum as Columbian Dyip holds court at the Pirates' turf also in Intramuros.