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    After PBA Draft, Compton, Alaska shift focus back to finals in bid to tie series

    Dec 18, 2018
    For a day, coach Alex Compton and the rest of the Alaska coaching staff were focused on the draft where the team picked MJ Ayaay in the first round.
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    ALASKA coach Alex Compton said the short break of the PBA Governors’ Cup to give way to the draft will not give any negative effect on his Aces team that is looking to force a Game Seven.

    The Aces lost Game Five in a heartbreaker with Paul Lee drilling a short jumper for a 79-78 decision. Alaska is now down, 3-2, in the series.

    Compton said he doesn’t see any problem with the respite especially that Magnolia is also facing the same situation come Game Six where the Hotshots will be closing the series out at the Ynares Center.

    “We all adjust. That doesn’t have negative ramifications. Doesn’t give Magnolia a disadvantage. Doesn’t give us an advantage,” said Compton.

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      At the end of the day, Compton said the reason for the odd schedule of the draft being held in the middle of the finals is because of the PBA’s support to the national team.

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      “It’s definitely weird having it in the middle of the series. But you know why we are having that? Because the league is supporting the national team. So it’s how it should be… It’s called supporting the national team. It’s how it should be,” said Compton.

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      Even with the respite, Compton expects another intense Game Six especially with the Aces now with their backs against the wall.

      “We will certainly try to do it. I mean, I am a basketball fan so I will be watching on Wednesday. But I will say all the basketball fans should watch. These two teams can’t play any harder. The second half, that was incredible. That was an incredible game. Instant classic,” said Compton.

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      For a day, coach Alex Compton and the rest of the Alaska coaching staff were focused on the draft where the team picked MJ Ayaay in the first round.
      PHOTO: jerome ascaño
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