ALASKA has taken pride in its defensive effort night in and night out, but it wasn't the case on Friday.
The Aces succumbed to TnT Katropa, 120-118, and it was a lackluster defense that spelled doom for the proud francise, said veteran Dondon Hontiveros.
"Offensively nag-compete kami, pero it's about making stops and obviously we weren’t able to make stops," said Hontiveros, who finished with 22 points.
The Alaska sniper added head coach Alex Compton warned them at halftime when they were holding a 55-45 advantage that TnT's Jayson Castro will take matters into his own hands in the second half.
Castro, acknowledged as the best point guard in Asia, did just that, and Alaska couldn't do anything about it.
The 5-foot-11 guard fired 26 points, including the crucial baskets in the fourth period to key the win.
"Sinabihan niya (Compton) kami na Jayson would take over and he did," Hontiveros recalled.
"He created a lot not only for himself but for other guys like Ryan (Reyes), (Michael) Madanly, Ranidel (De Ocampo) so it's all Jayson Castro. We weren’t able to contain him."