ANTIPOLO – A frustrated Alex Compton felt Alaska didn’t deserve to win Friday’s game against NLEX despite overhauling a 14-point deficit and forcing overtime.
“Didn’t deserve it,” said Compton after the 116-110 overtime loss to the Road Warriors at the Ynares Center. “I thought (NLEX import Aaron) Fuller was awesome today. But as a team, we didn’t deserve it.”
Compton rued a flat Alaska start that enabled NLEX to grab a 53-43 halftime lead. The Aces battled back to send the game to extra time, only for Fuller to slam the door on the team.
“I felt particularly frustrated with our start. I thought NLEX came up very well and really did a good job. As well as they are playing, I felt that a bunch of our breakdowns also gave them points. That was not acceptable,” said Compton.
“We missed a few boxouts late, we got to that 10-point lead and I felt we got complacent. Part of it, too, was one of those games where we missed some shots and they made some shots. But I felt that they deserved the game.
“I felt they (NLEX) they had more urgency to start the game. I’m like, ‘How’s that happened?’ That was frustrating."
Alaska could've secured a twice-to-beat berth in the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals with a win, but the Aces now find themselves in a tie for third with Phoenix at 7-3.
Compton said he hopes the loss can be a timely wake-up call for the Aces ahead of a match against NorthPort on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Sometimes, we need to take a smack to hopefully wake you up. I don’t want to be playing that way and come away with a win and not deserve it especially going to the playoffs. It’s hard to win in the PBA in the playoffs,” said Compton.