ALEX Compton is not about to make excuse on Alaska’s current state of health in the PBA Philippine Cup.
But it’s obvious it’s been taking toll on the team and will definitely have a huge say on the Aces’ bid to advance in the quarterfinals.
“The biggest is who are we, and how we play. That’s what I want to see,” said Compton as he tried to analyze what has been troubling Alaska after tumbling to its third straight loss on Friday, 92-78, against TnT Katropa at the Astrodome.
“Hopefully, we can get healthy and get back to how we are playing.”
The Aces have been playing without three key players who are down with various injuries, namely Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal, and JVee Casio.
They’ve dropped their last three games by an average of 17.3 points including a 21-point rout at the hands of NLEX two nights ago.
And while Compton hates citing injuries to his three players as among the reasons for the team’s sudden turnaround, he nonetheless said the Aces need to be healthy if they have to advance into the next round.
“From the health standpoint, from the number of injuries and circumstances we had, it’s the worst I ever had,” said the Alaska coach.
The Aces fell to a 3-5 record and will have their hands full in their last three outings against Meralco, defending champion San Miguel, and NorthPort.
It’s a gruelling three-game schedule in 12 days considering Alaska is not fully healthy entering the homestretch of the eliminations.
But Compton vows the Aces are going to play the game the way the franchise has been known for.
“We’re going to fight for every possession and honor the game and do everything that we can,” he said.