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."
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.
“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.
“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.