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    Compton says Alaska's road to title will go through Magnolia, Ginebra

    Oct 14, 2018
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    ALASKA has to be consistent and needs to do more if it is to seriously contend for the PBA Governors Cup championship.

    Coach Alex Compton stressed this after the Aces lost to another top team in Magnolia, 83-73, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Aces fell to a 5-2 record and lost for a second time against a top contending team after going down against Barangay Ginebra earlier, 109-101.

    “We’ve lost to Ginebra and Magnolia now. The thing is, if you want to win a championship you have to go through teams that are playing as well as Magnolia.

    “And I thought we didn’t play well in their game against us.”

    Compton noted his team shot just 36.8 percent from the foul line (7-of-19) and committed 23 turnovers - 10 more than the Aces' average.

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    That’s a no-no especially against a team as talented as the Hotshots, who kept the solo lead with their 7-1 record.

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    “We get tired of lessons as coaches for the team that can help the guys grow, but you hope at this point this was a lesson like, ‘Hey look at what they’re doing, we got to be better if we want to be a team like that,” said Compton.

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    There was no question, the Hotshots were the much better team than the Aces on this night, notwithstanding Alaska cutting a once imposing 20-point lead to just 75-73.

    Twice the Aces even had the chance to tie or take lead as Mike Harris and Ping Exciminiano missed one outside shot after the other.

    “We got close,” said Compton. “But if we win that game, it’s a little bit like ‘fool school.’ If you think you’ll gonna be successful against a team like Magnolia by some lucky good, hard comeback we’re gonna be consistent from the jump and weren’t,” said Compton.

    “We have some good stretches, but a lot of bad stretches and breakdown,” he added. “They deserve credit for some of our breakdowns and they really have nice system with good players who are playing together. They deserve this win.”

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