ALEX Compton doesn’t see Alaska marching on to another finals stint if the Aces would play as badly as they did in an 86-70 loss to the Meralco Bolts in Game Four of their semifinals series on Monday night.
The Aces were totally outplayed by the Bolts as they slumped to 33 percent shooting (25 of 75) and were limited to 11 assists, which Compton thought was the franchise’s lowest since he took over as coach in 2014.
The awful showing allowed the Bolts to tie the best-of-five series at 2-2 and force a do-or-die match on Wednesday also at the Araneta Coliseum.
“I tell you, If we play this way, and they play this way, they’re (Bolts) going to the finals,” said the American mentor. “Certainly, tonight was not a recipe for success.”
Although he credited Meralco’s defense, Compton also noted how poor the Aces’ shot selection was.
“We shot terrible. And the reason why we shot poor was we’re taking the wrong shots,” said the Alaska coach.
“The way we played tonight on offense is never been anything I’ve ever emphasized. I’m pretty upset about it. I told the guys it doesn’t mean you’re a jerk or that you’re selfish. It’s’ just that they’re trying to do it the wrong way. And it’s never what we’ve taught and it’s never what we’ve done.”
Now it comes to one game, forty eight minutes to decide who between the Aces and Bolts will play the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the best-of-seven finals.
Compton said hopefully, his team won’t play as badly as it did on Monday night. Or else, the Aces string of two straight finals appearances would come to an end.
“I’m proud we’ve got this far, but I don’t think playing the way we did tonight will get us where we want to go,” he stressed.