ALASKA coach Alex Compton commended his team for mounting on that late comeback against NLEX, but rued Aces’ effort in the early goings that left them in a huge hole in the first place in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup.
The Aces clawed back from 30 points down with a 32-4 run that pulled them within two points late in the game, making up for a lackluster performance in the first three quarters.
“I really felt that for anywhere from 30-36 minutes, we gave about a 75 percent effort,” Compton said. “And we wasted, you know, it was really a good opportunity.”
What makes the Road Warriors’ establishing an 87-57 lead more remarkable was that they were on the backend of back-to-back games, coming off a come-from-behind 87-85 win over Meralco just last Friday.
“They had one day to prepare for us, and we coasted,” Compton said. “I kept talking about it before the game, during the game, during timeouts. There weren't a lot of technical stuff. We just felt like we were complacent.”
“I also want to compliment NLEX. They were sharp,” he added. “So they played well, and they took advantage of us not bringing our best energy, not even our best execution.”
Compton is hoping the Aces, whose six-game win streak came to an end, can put up a better effort in the beginning of games like they did in their winning run.
“So ang tanong ko sa kanila, kung kaya natin 'yan (comeback), ba't wala 'yan sa umpisa? 'Yun lang,” Compton said. “I think they took it. But we're not like the Olympic Dream Team or something where we can just kinda coast and expect to win.”
“We have to be the team that outworks everybody, and we really didn't,” he added.