AS he prepared to speak before reporters after a lopsided Game One, Alaska coach Alex Compton scoured the stats sheet for what he said was the single biggest reason for Alaska's defeat at the start of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
It wasn’t there.
“Unfortunately, there is no stat for being outcoached,” Compton began as he raised the stat sheet to drive home his point. “I was looking for that one.”
For Compton, that was the story of Alaska's embarrassing 78-108 defeat to San Miguel on Friday night.
“That’s just what happened in the game,” he added. “We got beat, I got outcoached. We got beat fair and square. We better do something different.”
Following a sweep of Star Hotshots in the semifinals, Alaska never led against Leo Austria's San Miguel side and was lackadaisical from the start, trailing 22-35, at the end of one quarter.
It was all downhill from there as the Aces lost for the first time in the playoffs and for just the fourth time in the season-ending conference.
“There isn’t much of a story here. I’m sorry guys,” Compton told reporters. “I know your job is to write but there’s not much story here but I got outcoached and we got beat from start to finish."
Alaska had 12 turnovers but seven came in the second quarter. The Aces shot 35 percent from the field after a 29-of-82 clip from the fourth, and were outrebounded, 55-44, with SMB’s June Mar Fajardo grabbing a game-high 17 points.
Worse, Alaska, which gave up an average of 87.5 points all conference, allowed the Beermen to score well above that.
Compton admitted the long break had something to do with their defeat.
“This is what I was afraid off when we had a break. I’ve seen it and heard it from other teams but I haven’t been on a team that had a long break," he said.
“I felt that we lost our flow. You saw it in the shots that we missed that we usually make. Credit San Miguel for that. But we were missing two-footers, lay-ups, open shots,” said Compton.
Still, Compton the blame is still on him.
“The basket became a garbage can for them and we were playing bad. But that was my doing,” Compton said.