FOR the Alaska Aces, the PBA Governors Cup Finals now boil down to keeping their pride intact.
Short of saying the proud franchise won’t allow itself to be swept in the best-of-seven title series which San Miguel currently leads, coach Alex Compton declared the Beermen will have to ‘earn the title’ against them.
“The first thing I told the guys is that one of our building blocks in the team is honor. We'll be out there playing,” he said in the aftermath of the team’s 96-89 loss in Game Three that had the Aces staring at a huge 0-3 hole.
“We’ll be out there walking through,” stressed Compton.
While the morale of the Aces appeared to be at a low point right now, the Alaska coach still gives his team a fair chance of pulling the improbable.
There’s always a first in everything, he pointed out.
“I think there’s somebody who’s the first man to walk in the moon. There’s somebody who’s first in everything,” he said.
The first step in that direction starts in Friday’s Game Four when the Aces fight for dear life.
“We’ll honor the game. We’re gonna play. And if SMB’s gonna win this series, they’ve got to earn it,” were Comptons final words.