ALTHOUGH sleep-deprived, Alaska coach Alex Compton still showed up oozing with energy in Saturday's practice at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
Compton was restless the night before in trying to figure out how to beat a way different GlobalPort team from the one Alaska faced in the elimination round as the Aces and Batang Pier clash in a playoff game for the final quarterfinals slot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday.
Holding down GlobalPort’s high-scoring backcourt of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle is already a tough task, admitted the Alaska coach. But the resurgent Batang Pier closed the elims strong after a poor start, thanks to the addition of Sean Anthony, Bradwyn Guinto, and new import Justin Harper.
Still, the amiable Compton remained optimistic his team will continue to play the Alaska way - resilient - which finally resurfaced in its recent loss to the Star Hotshots.
"I think in the last two years, they gave us monikers because we'd be down 20 points and we won't give up. We don't always play perfectly but we don't ever stop," he said.
Compton, though, urged his wards to dig deep and show the feared defensive intensity the Aces have been known for in the entire match against the Batang Pier, who are equally desperate to stay alive in the Commissioner’s Cup.
"What I haven't liked is that our defensive edge has been gone for a large part of the conference and I wanna see that back. I just wanna see our identity. I've seen us when we play like us and beat teams we aren't supposed to beat," he said.
"I expect a dogfight. We both are fighting for survival. But I'd rather survive," added Compton.