WHILE defense remains its calling, Alaska has to generate more offense if it plans to win the PBA Philippine Cup Finals against San Miguel Beer.
And that’s what Aces coach Alex Compton stressed after his team lost Game Four, 88-70, on Wednesday night, leaving the best-of-weven title series even at two games apiece.
“I got to do a better job of trying to find a way to get us some shots. I can’t keep saying ‘defense, defense, defense’ and not get us some shots,” the American mentor said.
“It’s easier said than done because San Miguel is the number one defensive team in the league and we were eighth or ninth defensively,” he was quick to add. “But it’s my job to find a way to get us some shots. I haven’t done that. Today was a perfect example of that.”
The Aces’ output was their lowest since they produced just 66 points in a win, coincidentally against the Beermen, in the elimination round.
They also missed all but two of their 13 three-point attempts and shot just 37 percent (25-of-67) from the field overall.
Starting point guard JV Casio also ended up scoreless for the first time in the series.
The Beermen, who held opponents to a league-best 77.8 points in the eliminations, leaned on their offense to establish an early cushion, which they never relinquished this time.
San Miguel playmaker Alex Cabagnot typified the Beermen’s hot shooting from the floor by scoring 22 points, built around four triples.
“Hindi bago sa amin na minsan nag-struggle kami sa opensa,” Compton said. “But (the Beermen) were shooting the lights out. Alex got it going and credit to coach Leo (Austria) - great game plan, great preparation.”
“More than our guys playing terrible or something like that, that was really San Miguel playing well and they deserved the win,” he added.