PBA Finals: Alaska outduels Magnolia to level series

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) — It's back to square one in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals.

The Alaska Aces defeated the Magnolia Hotshots, 90-76, in Game 4 to tie the series at two apiece Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Newly-minted Best Import Mike Harris powered the Aces with 34 points and 22 rebounds.

A strong push propelled Alaska to a double digit advantage at the half time break.

Emotions ran high when Hotshots reinforcement Romeo Travis suffered a cut on the bridge of his nose midway in the third period. He eventually returned to the contest in the final quarter after getting treated at the locker room.

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The Aces controlled both ends of the floor for most part of the second half as they cruised to the pivotal victory.

Chris Banchero added 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists for Alaska.

Travis finished with 29 markers and 13 boards for Magnolia.

Game 5 is slated on December 14 at the Big Dome.

The scores:

Alaska (90) - Harris 34, Banchero 17, Pascual 9, Racal 8, Teng 7, Galliguez 5, Manuel 4, Cruz 3, Baclao 3, Enciso 0, Exciminiano 0, Casio 0.

Magnolia (76) - Travis 29, Lee 14, Sangalang 11, Barroca 8, Jalalon 7, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Melton 1, Dela Rosa 0, Herndon 0.

Quarterscores: 19-22, 43-32, 63-50, 90-76.