Aces forge first win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PBA IMAGESAlex Compton does not want to bring up the past, the very recent one.“That hurts,” he said after it was pointed out that his Alaska Aces finished last year with four straight losses dating back to the tailend of the last PBA conference. “We just talked about a blank slate and we need to write a new story on it.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Magnolia’s defense also held sway in the earlier game—and the Hotshots matched it with a second-half offense that wrecked KIA.The Hotshots scored in the second half what a pathetic KIA Picanto managed for the whole game and went on to post a 124-77 rout.After going into the halftime break trailing, 47-49, the Hotshots turned up the heat on both ends and held the Picanto to 11 third quarter points to break away and seal a second win in three games that kept idle leaders San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra in sight.The Hotshots dealt the Picanto a humiliating defeat that tied the franchise’s worst setback.Interestingly, that defeat was also dealt by the Hotshots on Sept. 22 last year, a 128-81 ripping when Magnolia was still known as Star.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “This is the start of our year and I told my players (at halftime) that we needed to start this right,” coach Chito Victolero said as he expressed joy at how his wards responded to his call and played their hearts out in the final two periods.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Castro hopes young guns grow up quickly for 2023 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Aces put a win on that blank slate on Wednesday night, showing up with their best form yet in the Philippine Cup and going on to plaster Meralco, 103-98, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“Last year was so difficult,” he said. “There was so much frustration for all of us. But I am so happy with the effort they (his players) came up with today and we finally got a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCalvin Abueva scored 19 points and had nine rebounds despite being saddled with early foul trouble and Alaska’s defensive intensity proved to be the key and was the very thing that couldn’t take the smile away from Compton’s face.“I am particularly proud of our defensive energy,” said the Alaska coach, who grew a beard to look “wilder” and hopefully make his team play “wilder” defense. “Our defense was way better. It was really nice to see, felt everyone contributed.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more