ANTIPOLO – Alaska coach Alex Compton admitted he was unable to hide his anger at the effort, or lack of it, of the Aces in a Game One of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Meralco.
The Aces lost by five points, 97-92, in the series opener but trailed by as many as 16 points in the second quarter and played catch-up for the most part.
In a rare show of anger, Compton admitted he lashed out at the team at halftime.
“Not prone to anger but I unleashed some of that at halftime,” Compton said. “I was embarrassed. I usually think that we come out, play hard, and we got smashed in the mouth. It’s an expression.”
“’Yung unang suntok, galing sa kanila in the first half,” Compton said.
Compton said the Aces were not running what was supposed to be their game plan against the Bolts in Game One.
“We had straightforward schemes, nothing was complicated, and we weren’t doing it. So it’s hard to make an adjustment as a coach. You are not doing what you are supposed to be doing so you don’t know if it works or not,” Compton said.
“That was beyond upsetting. I was infuriated,” said Compton.
Alaska was able to cut the deficit to six points, 82-76, midway through the fourth quarter, only to give up big baskets to Chris Newsome and Baser Amer.
Compton said yielding a big lead to Meralco early is tantamount to suicide, saying, “Second half, we fought better but that’s a great team with a great import."
Compton expects a better effort from Alaska in Game Two of the best-of-five series on Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“I’m not saying we are going to win the series or we are going to win the next game. But I do expect us to play right out of the gate with the right amount of effort," he said.
"It was phenomenal how flat we were at the start. Credit to them (Meralco) but if we missed shots, that should not affect our defense. It was a bad, bad first half.”