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    Alaska finally injury-free, but coach is not as Compton goes down with back spasm

    May 4, 2018
    Alex Compton takes a seat as he endures back spasm in the second half of Alaska's game against Columbian Dyip. Marlo Cueto

    JUST when Alaska’s roster appeared to be injury-free, guess who would go down injured?

    Coach Alex Compton was hit with back spasm in the third quarter of the Aces’ 134-103 win over Columbian Dyip Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Compton said standing for a long stretch on the sidelines simply took its toll on him.

    “I was just standing on the bench when suddenly I felt my back began to feel stiff,” said the Alaska mentor, who had to bear with the pain for the rest of the game and called the shots while taking a seat on the bench.

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      The former MBA star said his back has long been a problem even during his playing days.

      “I began to have it as early as I was 17,” recalled the 44-year-old coach, who had a hard time walking back to the Alaska dugout from the press room and needed to be assisted by deputy Franco Atienza.

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      Compton took some pain reliever later and had his back stretched by head trainer Gus Vargas.

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      Alex Compton takes a seat as he endures back spasm in the second half of Alaska's game against Columbian Dyip. Marlo Cueto
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