ALASKA coach Alex Compton rued the defensive lapses against San Miguel on Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Aces lost by 12 points against the Beermen, 119-107, but they were trailing by as many as 28 points in the ballgame. Alaska had no answer for Alex Cabagnot, who dropped 31 points for the Beermen in the win.
Compton lamented Alaska’s defense, which picked the wrong time not to be sharp as they allowed San Miguel to shoot 53 percent from the field.
“They scored 119 points. If there is a team that you need to be sharp defensively against, it’s San Miguel,” said Compton. “We weren’t sharp. Alex was on fire. He played awesome. They are going to make shots because they are very good. But we were far from sharp. We missed rotations, our timing was bad, ball screen defense was poor.
“Thank God we hit shots in the end and cut it down to as low as we did. The final score was not indicative of how much we need to do defensively,” Compton said.
In another loss to the Beermen, Compton’s team dropped to 4-4 following the defeat that sent them to their second straight loss. The Aces are now in fourth place in the team standings.
For the Aces, it’s back to the drawing board.
“I think all of the guys in the PBA, I think I’ve experienced defeat against San Miguel more than anyone else. It’s just really not about the loss. It’s just about the mistakes that we made that exacerbated the loss and the margin bigger. We’ve got a ton to work on,” said Compton.