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Jeron Teng from Alaska Aces. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines – Alaska broke a two-game skid and beat Magnolia 87-81 in the PBA Philippine Cup at Angeles University on Saturday.

With a narrow margin of 76-75 and 3:31 left, the aces turned to JVee Casio, who drilled a brave triple with 2:41 left to create a little separation.

The hotshots again managed to get within 80-79 after Jio Jalalon's knight was 1:47 left, but Mike Digregorio responded with a big three-pointer to the 83-79 lead with 54 seconds of play.

Although his team didn't take advantage of the three at the start of the bubble, head coach Jeffrey Cariaso said they have the tools to shoot from deep, but they still need a better rhythm to be more even from a distance.

"It's part of the way we work that we have the team that can line up numbers out of three, but it's really establishing itself," said Cariaso, whose team shot 7 out of 17 from below.

“I still have the feeling that we lack the rhythm. Our flow is still inconsistent. If you just step into the game you don't know what to expect but we'll try to do our best. "

Jeron Teng led the Aces offensive with 19 points and six rebounds while Casio added 17 points, with Digregorio and Abu Tratter each posting 10 points.

Mark Barroca had 16 points and five assists to lead the hotshots, which fell to 1-2, the same record as the aces.

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