IT went down to which between Rain or Shine or Alaska made their shots when it mattered.
And to Alex Compton's dismay, the Aces didn’t.
Woeful shooting from both the floor and the foul line factored heavily in Alaska’s 109-103 overtime loss to Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday night - attempts which Compton noted, the Aces usually make.
“While losing is never what you want, I thought we got a lot of shots that we wanted, we missed some really point-blank shots. I don’t know how many lay-ups we missed that we’re really right there. We just really missed a lot of shots that we liked,” said Compton following the main game of the day’s doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces attempted 110 shots from the field and converted just 39 of them for a poor 35.5 percent clip, while going 14-of-24 from the free throw area for 58.3 percent.
“You know it’s crazy that we missed those, then Chris banks in the three to send it into overtime,” said Compton, referring to Chris Banchero’s buzzer-beating three-point shot off the board at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.
On the other hand, Rain or Shine made 42 percent from the field (37-of-87), and was 74 percent from the free throw line (23-of-31).
It also clamped Alaska’s passing entries during the overtime play, one of which resulted in a huge Gabe Norwood steal off import Antonio Campbell and paved the way for an easy transition basket by Maverick Ahanmisi that sealed the deal for the Aces, 107-103, in the final seconds of overtime.
“They made the plays,” said Compton of the Elasto Painters. “Those guys put their effort out there and played so hard.”
But the Alaska coach wasn’t about to get hard over his team.
“What I really appreciated about my guys is that they didn’t stop playing and they honored the game until the end,” said Compton.