Pressure mounting after back-to-back missed cuts for Alaska but Alex Compton is staying positive
Alex Compton is focusing on getting the Aces back on track. Jerome Ascano

ALASKA coach Alex Compton is leaving his fate to team owner Wilfred Uytengsu after the end of a disappointing PBA season for the perennial-contending franchise.

The Aces failed to sustain their late push in the Governors’ Cup after losing their last two games, the last a 112-82 beating at the hands of Rain or Shine on Wednesday night in Antipolo, to finish with just three wins in 11 games and bow out of contention.

And the second most successful team in the league with 14 titles is set to miss the playoffs for the second straight time after eight straight trips to the playoffs under Compton.

Asked if he feels his job is on the line following back-to-back early exit, Compton, who still has two years left on his contract, would rather focus on simply helping the team immediately relive lost glory.

“That’s a decision for Fred and I have no idea,” the American mentor told SPIN.ph. “My job is just to do my job until he tells me to stop doing my job.”

“I don’t see how you spend a lot of time worrying about that is going to help you help the team get better,” he added. “Ultimately, my job is to help the team get better, help us to win.”

The heat was at its boiling point during the Aces’ franchise-worst 14-game losing streak that went on for five months and bridged the last two conferences, finally putting an end to it with a 90-79 win over familiar finals rival San Miguel Beer in Angeles City, Pampanga.

The doubly satisfying victory sparked a three-game win streak, but not even that can make up for the Aces’ string of showings that were a far cry from their usual brand of basketball.

And Compton is hoping he and the rest of the team can get back to their usual winning ways.

“I think all of us left something to be desired,” the 43-year-old coach said. “We didn’t meet the standards. If we think we did everything perfect and we can’t get better, then we’re not in the right place. You don’t get eliminated twice in a row and think you’re doing a great job.

“It’s not acceptable, so definitely we have to change to get better,” he added.

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