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Davon Potts makes PBA debut in Alaska’s first win

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Alaska ended 2017 with four consecutive losses but notched a win in its first game in 2018.

The Aces began 2018 with a 103-98 victory over the Meralco Bolts at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Alaska went on an 18-3 run late in the first quarter to open a double-digit lead that would be stretched to as high as 14, 53-39, at halftime.

Meralco, still put up a fight in the second half, even coming to as close as three points, but back-to-back triples from Kevin Racal helped doused the late run.

Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel each chipped in 19 points to lead the Aces, who only committed 10 turnovers as a unit with 22 assists.

After leading Alaska in its first two games of the season, Jeron Teng had a quiet outing, only making eight points, one carom, and three dimes.

KG Canaleta added 16 points, but none was more special than his last basket which put him to the 5,000 Points Club.

Davon Potts finally made his PBA debut and contributed four markers and one board. Chris Newsome led the Bolts, who have now lost two straight, with 23 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

Coach Alex Compton finally gave in to fans’ demand to expand his rotation to include Alaska’s second round pick.

Box Scores:

Alaska 103-Abueva 19, Manuel 19, Banchero 13, Teng 8, Casio 8, Racal 8, J. Pascual 7, Enciso 7, Thoss 5, Potts 4, Exciminiano 3, Cruz 2

Meralco 98-Newsome 23, Canaleta 16, Amer 15, Bono 9, Dillinger 8, Hugnatan 8, Baracael 6, Caram 6, Lanete 5, Ballesteros 2, Tolomia 0

Quarterscores: 26-16, 53-39, 78-71, 103-98 (PNA)