ALASKA coach Alex Compton insists the Aces have yet to demoralize San Miguel Beer even one bit despite the Aces pulling within two games of dethroning the Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup.
They may have won the first two games in the best-of-seven series, but the American mentor believes the Beermen still have plenty of fight in them.
“I think they have a tremendous coaching staff and players with a lot of heart,” Compton said. “I think we will take the fight out of them if we’re able to get our fourth win.”
The Beermen showed how capable they were in beating the Aces even without June Mar Fajardo as they established a double-digit lead in the series opener and stayed within striking distance in Game Two before folding in both games.
Compton is well aware those games could’ve gone either way.
“We were really fortunate,” said Compton, whose team won by just three points in Game Two. “I feel in both games San Miguel has done a fantastic job and we were just fortunate to get away with the win.”
Still, the Aces remain favored in Game Three at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena where they seek to move on the verge of their first title since the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup - and first all-Filipino title in 16 years, the longest drought in the league.
But Compton is careful not to label the Beermen as the underdogs.
“That’s the thing when you have a team like San Miguel that’s coached by such a class act and winner like coach Leo (Austria), is they don’t give up,” he said. “I don’t think dehado sila. That’s a team of winners.”