PBA: Alaska eliminates Meralco in playoff, faces top seed TNT in q’finals

Paul Lintag, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Jul 19 2019 09:54 PM

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs is finally set.

Alaska got the 8th and final spot Friday, scoring a gutsy 108-103 overtime win over Meralco at the MOA Arena.

The Aces needed the heroics of guard Chris Banchero, who buried two clutch jumpers late, to force OT. Once in extra time, Alaska continued with its momentum to fully shut the Bolts down.

Alaska’s prize in winning this tough game is a Sunday meeting against top seed TNT. The KaTropa hold a twice-to-beat advantage and also enter the quarterfinals with an eight-game winning streak.

The scores:

Alaska 108 - Manuel 23, Simpson 20, Banchero 15, Casio 14, Enciso 13, Teng 12, Thoss 5, Racal 2, Pascual 2, Baclao 2. 

Meralco 103 - James 34, Newsome 20, Almazan 14, Amer 8, Quinto 7, Pinto 6, Hodge 4, Faundo 4, De Ocampo 3, Jackson 3, Salva 0.

Quarterscores: 26-28, 55-43, 68-66, 96-96, 108-103.

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.