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    Compton praises Alaska grit, poise in a heart-stopper of a Game 3

    Nov 15, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    ALASKA coach Alex Compton is relieved to come out as winners in a Game Three that he said 'nobody deserved to lose.'

    “I don’t know what TV ratings were like, but I hope a bunch of people were watching that game because that was an excellent basketball game played by both teams,” Compton said after the Aces' 104-102 win over Meralco on Thursday night.

    “That’s one of those games nobody deserves to lose. Tip-in, tip-in, open shot, back and forth. Incredible heart from both sides. I’m just happy. Those tip-ins were … find a heart rate monitor, I’ll be above 200 I think. It was crazy."

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    Mike Harris came out as the hero of the game and finished with 31 points and 24 rebounds for Alaska in a game that put the Aces up 2-1 in the best-of-five series and a win away from the PBA Governors Cup Finals.

    Compton was relieved to se the Aces found a way to win despite trailing by as many as 11 points in Game Three by showing admirable grit and poise.

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    “There were multiple times when we got down, they took the lead, they were playing well, and they were beating us because they were doing a good job. And we didn’t stop.

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    “We came back. We just kept on fighting and obviously, Simon Encsio hit big shots. He got to the basket, hit threes. I like that we weathered runs that they made. That’s character development for the team,” said Compton.

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