ALEX Compton simply bit his tongue and refused to dwell on the controversial calls that marred Alaska's 102-103 loss to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Compton was furious on the sidelines in the endgame but kept his cool after the game, saying there were officiating breaks that went for and against the Aces during the Sunday thriller.
“I’m sure they missed the calls on us, too,” admitted Compton. “It would be a real nice thing if the referees will always be perfect. And it would also be a real nice thing if the head coach is always perfect and his players are always perfect.
"It would have been a real perfect world. But there’s always a human element to it.”
At least two endgame possessions, both involving Alaska import Corey Jefferson, had a lot of say in the result that left Alaska with its third loss in seven outings.
One sequence showed Jefferson losing the ball on the sidelines in the face of a Ginebra double team, although guard Scottie Thompson was seen on replays clinging on the arm of the Alaska import.
Another one was the foul called on Jefferson that led to a completed three-point play by Ginebra counterpart Justine Brownlee for the game-winning basket in the final 7.3 seconds.
No foul was also called on Jefferson jumper which was contested by Brownlee.
Compton tried to be gracious in defeat, stressing the calls - good or bad - are all part of the game.
“Stuff happens,” was his curt reply.
Besides, he said Alaska gave itself two chances to win the game, but failed in both instances.
“The events that led to that situation … we have to take more things and control ourselves,” Compton stressed. “We’ve got to keep doing our homework. But I still love my guys.”