THIS is one of the rare times you’d rather have more sleepless nights instead of an early vacation.
Unfortunately, it was the second scenario that came to reality for Alex Compton and the rest of the Alaska Aces after their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign came to a disappointing end with a 107-106 loss to GlobalPort in their playoff for the last quarterfinal slot on Sunday night.
That leaves them in unfamiliar territory as they are set to miss the playoffs for the first time in nine conferences - and first with Compton at the helm.
“I’m not prepared for this,” Compton said after the game. “I didn’t prepare to lose. I was prepared to stay all night reviewing the Ginebra stuff. I’m not used to this. It’s not okay.”
“This is strange country for me,” he added. “Just… again, no excuses. It’s not acceptable.”
After all, the Aces reeled to their eighth straight loss – their longest losing streak in almost two decades or since 1999 – after starting the conference on a four-game win streak.
“I think the number one thing is our defense is a bit MIA (missing in action), and in spurts, we’re not the best and we’re not the best offensive team in the league,” Compton said.
“But we typically play really hard and generate some points off our defense and it wasn’t that it was completely gone. It just was kind of uphill, downhill, roller coaster.
“To be in this league, you got to be consistent,” he added. “And that’s really my main concern. We just didn’t get it done. I’m not gonna give anything deemed as an excuse, but we’ll definitely look at it.”
Asked if changes, particularly trades, are in the offing, Compton declined to make a commitment.
“I don’t believe in punishments like that,” the American coach said. “I’m not the sole proprietor of the Alaska Aces. I’m the coach. I don’t make GM decisions.
“I’m sure we will talk,” he added. “We don’t lack data or effort in studying film. The things that are readily obvious for us that I won’t share publicly, we just have to be better. That’s not acceptable.”