ALASKA coach Alex Compton rued the effort, or the lack of it, of the players in Game One of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.
The Aces lost the series opener, 100-84, on Wednesday in a game were, according to Compton, they were “totally outworked” by a Magnolia side that scored the first 15 points.
“Just got totally outworked, I thought,” said Compton. “Something that I feel has been a trademark, hallmark of the team has been our effort and I felt like (we only have) an 85 percent effort and Magnolia gave a 100 percent effort.”
“Obviously, the horrible start didn’t help. Just can’t figure out how our energy can be that way. We tried to come back and fight. But you dig yourself in a hole. We have to do so much better,” said Compton.
Mike Harris had 20 points and 15 rebounds, but got little support. Chris Banchero (12) and Jeron Teng (10) were the only other players in double figures in points. The team also shot just 40 percent from the field and 59 percent from the free-throw line.
Compton said the two-week break for the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers window should not be an excuse for the Aces' letdown.
“Sure like it did,” said Compton, when asked if rust was a factor in the defeat. “I don’t see there being any excuse for anything. Some people have told me after the game that we were rusty. Pero bakit sila (Magnolia) ganda ng linaro nila. I expected us to play at their level in order for it to be a tight game. So we don’t have any excuses.”
Compton said the trio of Romeo Travis, Mark Barroca, and Jio Jalalon simply
“Romeo dominated us. Jio dominated us. Jio was three points and an assist shy from a triple double. Mark was great. He is such a key player for them. Their guards took it to us. They handled us,” said Compton.