NEW Alaska coach Alex Compton pinned the blame for the team’s 51-point blowout at the hands of Rain or Shine on no one else but himself.
“Ultimately, I mean, this 51-point (loss), it’s on me. It’s my fault,” he said of the embarrassment the proud franchise suffered on Wednesday night during the PBA Governors Cup at the Philsports Arena when the Aces lost to the Elasto Painters, 123-72.
The rout was the worst loss in Alaska franchise history and ranked as the most lopsided in the league in the last 28 years, or since Shell clobbered Tanduay, 154-100, on November 15, 1986.
The 41-year-old Compton, who had a triumphant coaching debut just last week when Alaska beat an import-less Talk ‘N Text side, 103-91, couldn't bring Alaska to life in the second half when the Elasto Painters relentlessly pounded the ball inside and scored efficiently from the perimeter.
“I don’t know, they (Elasto Painters) played great, while I don’t think we played the level of intensity that’s indicative of the Alaska culture and identity,” rued Compton, who repeatedly pinned the blame on himself for failing to prepare his team well.
“When you have games like you give up a bunch of layups, it’s like each succeeding layup in the rim gets bigger, until it’s a big, old garbage can and it becomes hard to miss shots,” he added.
The Alaska rookie coach, who took over the job from Luigi Trillo only two Sundays ago, explained the Aces just failed to take good care of the basketball, while allowing Rain or Shine to simply abuse them at every possession.
“I just feel it’s one of those games. We talk about turnovers. We didn’t take care of the ball and made some sloppy passes, and gave some layups,” said Compton, who dropped to 1-3 overall as Alaska coach.
At the same time, Compton was candid enough to 'thank’ Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao for the warm, yet, humiliating welcome he got as a PBA coach.
The Alaska mentor said there won’t be rest for him as he tries to break down the game tape and see what’s needed to be adjusted as they brace for their Friday clash against Grand Slam-seeking San Mig Super Coffee.
The Philippine-born Alaska coach just tried to lighten the mood by poking fun at the Aces’ next opponent.
“We just go back to work, watch the film tonight, try to break the stuff down, and get ready for that really ‘weak’ team on Friday that struggled the last three conferences,” he said, smiling.
The Aces dropped at the bottom half of the standings with a 2-4 (win-loss) record.