ALASKA reconvened this week by holding a three-day team building in the hope of righting the ship for its campaign in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Aces hied down to Batangas on Thursday and will stay there until Saturday as they try to deepen the bond especially in the wake of their early exit in the Commissioner’s Cup.
Import LaDontae Henton already joined the team building after arriving in the country this week in time for Alaska’s training camp opener on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old American out of Providence also reinforced the Aces in last season’s edition of the same tournament where they were ousted by eventual champion Barangay Ginebra Kings in the quarterfinals.
“Without going into detail, we are really just looking at some quality bonding time together,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said when reached by SPIN.ph as he explained what he intends to achieve during the three-day team-building session.
The Aces' campaign in the Commissioner’s Cup ended with a loud thud after failing to make the playoffs for the first time under Compton’s watch.
Alaska began the tournament by winning its first four outings, before horribly losing their next eight games, including the playoff against Globalport for the eighth and last quarterfinal berth.
Injuries to veterans Dondon Hontiveros, Vic Manuel, Noy Baclao, and JVee Casio also compounded the team’s woes.
Now, only an impressive outcome in the season-ending meet could somehow erase the stigma of what had so far been a trying season for the multi-titled franchise.
“Alaska always had high standards and those haven’t changed after last conference. We will continue to work and expect a much better conference,” said Compton, who came under fire following the sudden drop in form of the Aces during the mid-season conference.
Following the team’s ouster, Compton reportedly had a one-on-one meeting with owner Wilfred Uytengsu as rumors abound on a possible coaching shake-up at Alaska.
The mild-mannered coach remained mum about the meeting and what transpired during their talk.
Instead, Compton looks forward of getting back on the court and the Aces regaining their confidence and shattered pride.
“I’m excited to turn this thing around,” he said.