PBA: Alaska avoids upset, escapes tough-luck TerraFirma

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MANILA, Philippines — Alaska dodged a bullet following a 99-96 win over TerraFirma in the PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Smart Clark Giga City in Pampanga.

Vic Manuel had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Aces, who picked up their fourth victory in seven games.

JVee Casio added 11 points, including the go-ahead drive, 97-96, with 1:34 remaining.

The Dyip, who blew a golden opportunity to claim their first win of the season, took a 96-95 edge after a 3-pointer by Eric Camson with 2:37 to go.

TerraFirma, however, wouldn’t score again as it went on to miss its last seven attempts, including a good look at a potential game-tying triple by Camson as time ran out.

CJ Perez led all scorers with 25 points but even he couldn’t buy a basket when it mattered most for the Dyip, who fell to 0-5.

Juami Tiongson added 21 points built on six 3-pointers for TerraFirma, which lost the game despite hitting 15 triples.


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Phoenix’s Abueva makes much-awaited return vs NLEX

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MANILA, Philippines — It took more than a year before Calvin Abueva was ultimately allowed to return to the PBA, but that long wait was officially over.

Abueva, upon completion of his final requirements set by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), will play his first game after 16 months on Monday when Phoenix takes on NLEX in the Philippine Cup.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he received the formal communication that Abueva cleared his requirements on Friday evening and that he and his team ultimately evaluated it. But it took one more sleep before “The Beast” was officially given the good news.

 Marcial was informed about Abueva’s status during Phoenix’s game against Magnolia in a match won by the Fuel Masters, 91-84.

“Friday I was already told that Calvin completed his requirements and by Friday evening, during Phoenix’s game against Magnolia I received the notice that the completion was formalized,” said Marcial in Filipino in a virtual press conference Sunday.

Marcial informed Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia, head coach Topex Robinson, and Abueva during a meeting on Saturday morning that the forward has been cleared to play.

“I then told them after the game when we were in the hotel that we’ll have a meeting Saturday morning. Then Saturday morning came I talked to Mr. Bugia, coach Topex, and Calvin and I told them that he’s completed the requirements and that he’ll be able to play on Monday.”

Abueva, who’s become the Fuel Masters’ unofficial chef in the bubble, was suspended in June 2019 when he got into a verbal altercation with Maika Rivera, Bobby Ray Parks Jr.’s girlfriend, and a tussle with then-TNT import Terrence Jones, whom he clotheslined during a game.

He was allowed to practice in September and was also given the approval to

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Bucks’ George Hill returns to Milwaukee, encourages voting

Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill said the importance of Wisconsin in the upcoming election caused him to fly back here this weekend to assist in a local voting drive.

Hill, who lives in San Antonio, worked alongside about 50 volunteers from the Milwaukee-based organization Common Ground walking through local neighbourhoods Saturday to encourage people to vote early.

“This (state) could make or break the election,” Hill said. “To spend a couple of dollars to get on a flight to come back here, to get out and knock on doors and go around this city, to show them that I care for them just as much as they care for themselves, and show them that we need them, we need them, we need their voices, we need their communities to be better and things like that, it’s all worth it at the end of the day.”

Hill wore a shirt with the message “VOTE” and a Bucks logo plus a mask with the message “Votes Count In the 414” as he walked through several blocks in various neighbourhoods with a group that included Bucks senior vice-president Alex Lasry. Milwaukee’s area code is 414.

They occasionally would greet residents at their homes or stop people walking or driving by them. Hill would ask whether they’d voted and would remind them of the importance of voting.

“I’m not here to say vote for one side or the other,” Hill sad. “But I’m here to say use your voice and vote. Our ancestors, our fathers and things like that fought for this right. You should take advantage of it and get out and vote and use it.”

Hill made this visit nearly two months after he and his Bucks teammates opted against playing a first-round playoff game with the Orlando Magic to protest the

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