ALEX Compton offered no excuses after Alaska’s loss to TnT Katropa in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night.
As he puts it in proper perspective, the Texters ‘deserved' the wire-to-wire win at the Philsports Arena.
“They shot the ball great, and we shot terrible. All those factors come in,” said Compton after the setback which halted the Aces’ three-game losing streak.
The Aces are now at the .500 mark (3-3) as they absorbed their first loss in the season-opening conference since Calvin Abueva returned from a slight tear in his quadricep.
Alaska actually shot a little bit better from the field at 46 percent (36 of 79) as compared to the 45 (35 of 77) by TnT.
But the Texters converted better from three point range (14 of 31) behind the snipings of veteran Larry Fonacier (4 of 7) and Troy Rosario (6 of 9). The Aces were 8 of 19 from the same distance.
Alaska was also clobbered off the board, 53-44.
“We like to play hard, but when you gamble too much or try to make home run plays too much, that says something a lot for such a talented, well-coached team, so they deserve the win,” Compton pointed out.
But the American coach said this kind of loss will only help the Aces improve as a team as the tournament wears on.
“No one wins a championship in the middle of the season. We took a beating tonight, the other team deserves the win. Hopefully we can come back strong (from this),” said Compton.