ANTIPOLO – Despite the lopsided win in Game Three, Alaska coach Alex Compton said the fact remains that the Aces are still trailing in the series.
The Aces won in lopsided fashion, 100-71, on Sunday to finally get a win in the best-of-seven finals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
Compton, though, isn’t celebrating too much about the win.
“But if you ask me, would I rather win this game by that score or be up 2-1, I’ll gladly be up 2-1 after winning two one-point overtime games. We are still down,” Compton said.
“It’s great, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad we won. It’s better to win. Great coaching strategy. But we are still down 2-1,” said Compton.
Heading into Game Three, the Aces were on the brink of a 0-3 deficit in the finals. Only one team has recovered from such deficit with San Miguel beating Alaska after the Aces went up 3-0 in the series.
Compton said going down 0-3 is not in the minds of the Aces in their preparation for the critical Game Three.
“I’ve tried to avoid looking too far down the line in the series with the guys. I don’t know about you guys but we have a propensity, tendency to daydream a little bit and go too far with your thoughts, good or bad. That can get in the way. It’s good to have dreams and visions but that can get in the way at times, the immediate task at hand.
“The PBA finals is Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. We don’t have a lot of time to dream into the future. You need to be worried about today and what we are doing on Paul Lee, how can we take care of the ball better, what are we going to do on Romeo Travis. I think if we get too far ahead, we don’t necessarily help,” said Compton.
Compton said he is no longer seeing another lopsided victory in the series by any team after that Game Three decision.
“I’m not into guarantees but I can almost guarantee that there won’t be another game like this in the finals. That’s what I think,” Compton said.
“They are too good, too well-coached, too talented, and they have too much experience. We just made some shots and then they’ll come back. I expect Game Four will be a lot like Game Two personally,” said Compton, referring to the close 77-71 win by Magnolia.