Vic Manuel connected on a floater with no time remaining to power the Alaska Aces to a 105-103 win over the San Miguel Beermen, Saturday night at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center in Dumaguete City.
The win, the Aces’ 4th straight in the conference after losing the opener, improved the team’s record to 4-1 and along with it a tie for top spot with idle Rain or Shine and TNT.
Controversial import Renaldo Balkman made his much-anticipated debut for the defending champions but fell short of leading the team to its first win in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup. The 33-year old Puerto Rican finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals but had 4 turnovers and made just 6 out of 14 attempts from the free throw line.
Manuel led the Aces with 23 points and 5 rebounds while JVee Casio and Chris Banchero added 18 and 15 points respectively.