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Banchero scores 23, propels Alaska past Meralco

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Alaska survives Meralco (1:32)

The Alaska Aces stretched their winning streak to three as they outlasted the Meralco Bolts, 93-89 (1:32)

With their 13-point lead cut down to one, floor general Chris Banchero saved the day for the Aces by putting in a crucial layup to keep their opponents at bay, 90-87, with 1:37 left.

That field goal proved to be the biggest basket of the night for Banchero, who finished the game with a game-high 23 points, and even added nine rebounds and four assists for his squad.

Alaska's lead ballooned to a five-point spread, but left the window wide open for a Bolts comeback.

Meralco import Gani Lawal laid it inside to cut the lead to three, 92-89. The Bolts had a chance to tie the game, but Chris Newsome misfired on a corner three-point attempt as they fell to a 3-3 slate.

"I just expected to be a tough game," mentioned Alaska head coach Alex Compton, who also praised his local players for stepping up in the absence of import Chris Daniels, as he was saddled by foul trouble throughout the game.

Vic Manuel had an efficient 17-point outing while on a minutes restriction, as he continues to recover from his back injury.

Lawal took the scoring cudgels for Norman Black's squad, scoring 27 markers on an efficient 13/20 shooting clip, and dominated the glass, finishing the game with 26 boards.

Bolt Baser Amer added 11 points, but was held to 3/13 from the field.

THE SCORES

Alaska (93) -- Banchero 23, Manuel 17, Daniels 12, Teng 10, Thoss 7, Pascual 7, Enciso 6, Galliguez 5, Casio 3, Cruz 2, Racal 2, Babilonia 0, Exciminiano 0, Ayaay 0, Potts 0, Andrada 0.

Meralco (89) -- Lawal 27, Amer 11, Salva 9, Quinto 9, Newsome 8, Caram 7, Hodge 4, Hugnatan 4, Pinto 3, de Ocampo 3, Jackson 2, Canaleta 2, Faundo 0, Almazan 0, Espinas 0, Jamito 0.

Quarter Scores: 18-19, 44-42, 71-66, 93-89.

EXTRA DRIBBLES

- A close game throughout, there were six lead changes and the score was tied thrice, but Alaska sat in front for 40:06 of game time, compared to just 05:46 for Meralco.

- Meralco could have used some more points from the free throw line as they shot a woeful 10/23.

NEXT GAME

Alaska: Saturday, June 15 vs Phoenix at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum

Meralco: Saturday, June 15 vs TNT at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum