THERE’S no need for Alaska to change import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
So says Alex Compton.
Not now even with the Aces suffering a second straight loss, 99-85, at the hands of TnT Katropa on Saturday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Compton said Chris Daniels’ job remains secure as he affirmed that the team will stick with the 35-year-old reinforcement, at least for the moment.
“Not right now,” said the Alaska coach when he asked point blank if there is any plan by the Aces to look for a replacement import.
The loss to the Katropa, according to Compton, wasn't Daniels' fault and is mainly due to TnT import Terrence Jones running riot and Alaska committing 27 turnovers.
“Terrence Jones was what went wrong. And their defense forcing us to 27 turnovers was what went wrong. You turn over the ball that much, that means we’re not getting shots and usually they’re converting on the other side,” said Compton
“Terrence Jones was pretty awesome,” added the Alaska mentor of the former Houston Rocket, who finished with 43 points (5-of-8 from three-point range), 22 rebounds, and five assists before being ejected late in the fourth after being called for his second technical foul.
“(And) our turnovers were not mainly careless. It felt like they were mostly forced by their defense. Tremendous. I thought that was the story of the game.”
Daniels had nine of those Alaska turnovers, although he finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds.
“Chris had nine of them. And that really hurts,” said Compton. “That was a third of our turnovers. I’m not good at math but nine is one-third of 27. And that was a big part of the game.
“But you really have to credit TnT. They really did a good job. They really deserve this.”
If there is any consolation Compton can look at, it’s the effort the Aces put up this time compared to when they lost to NorthPort in their last outing.
“I thought the general energy of our team was radically different the last game. And I attribute that to bad leadership by me against NorthPort. The guys were much better today, energy-wise,” added the Alaska coach.