Alaska started flat before drawing the spark from its bench then the tremendous lift from import Mike Harris in the crunch as the Aces put to an end Meralco’s mind-boggling run and clinch the second berth in the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Cuneta Astrodome Saturday night.
Vic Manuel, Jvee Casio, Jake Pascual and Jeron Teng played key roles off the bench while Harris simply imposed himself in the closing minutes as Alaska tripped Meralco, 99-92, to gain the right to play Magnolia Pambansang Manok in the best-of-seven title playoff.
The combatants first get a 17-day breather before opening their title showdown on Dec. 5 at the MOA Arena as the league will give way to Team Philippines’ campaign in the fifth and penultimate window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier.
Both sides welcome the break as both now feel the rigors of the tough playoff grind.
The Aces acknowledged the great challenge put up by the Bolts despite a badly crippled lineup.