ALEX Compton admitted he will be Rain or Shine's biggest fan come Monday night.
Just 12 days after Alaska was pounded by Rain or Shine in its worst loss in franchise history, Compton and the Aces find themselves cheering for the Elasto Painters in their game against San Mig on Monday night to close out the PBA Governors Cup eliminations.
Both Rain or Shine and San Mig are assured of places in the Top 4 - and twice-to-beat advantages in the playoffs. But their match has more bearing for San Miguel Beer and Alaska, one of which will make it to the Top 4 depending on the result.
The rules are simple.
If Rain or Shine wins, Alaska will move up to No. 3 with a twice-to-beat edge against Ginebra when they clash in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. If the Painters lose, the Aces face the daunting task of beating defending champion San Mig twice to reach the semifinals.
The irony is not lost on Compton, whose Aces left the Philsports Arena just 12 days aho with shattered confidence following their 123-72 beating at the hands of Rain or Shine.
“I think the biggest thing right now is, all of a sudden, after Rain or Shine whipped us by 51 points, we’re now huge Rain or Shine fans,” said a beaming Compton, whose team stayed in the hunt for a Top 4 with a 90-87 victory over Barako Bull Energy on Sunday.
The victory was Alaska’s third straight, its longest winning streak since Compton took over from Luigi Trillo less than a month ago. The Aces ended the elimination round record at 5-4.
The 5-10 Philippine-born Alaska coach said it isn’t hard for him to root for Rain or Shine, considering that he used to be part of the Elasto Painters (Welcoat Paints) either as player or assistant coach from 2006 to 2008.
“You know what’s great? I love Raymund Yu and Terry Que and all the guys at Rain or Shine. I’ve been with them before so it would be easy to cheer for them,” he said.
Compton and the Aces went through their usual early afternoon practice on Monday, but should be tuning in to their television sets to see the result of the Rain or Shine-San Mig game later in the day.