MIKE Harris expressed confidence Alaska can still overcome the deficit the Aces are facing in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.
Alaska dropped a 77-71 decision against Magnolia on Friday night following the late-game heroics of Jio Jalalon. The Aces are now down, 0-2, in the best-of-seven series heading into Sunday’s Game Three at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The 35-year-old Harris has played all around the world including the NBA D-League so he isn’t concerned about going down 0-2, confident his team has what it takes to overcome the deficit.
“I’ve been down 2-0 before. It’s a big deal but it’s not,” Harris said. “You take it one game at a time. It’s first to four. Our job is to come back, refocus tomorrow, and get ready for Game Three.
“All we need to do is win one. It changes the whole thing. We can’t get down on ourselves. I’m not down on myself. I’ve been in his before. I like the situation. This is a pressure situation,” said Harris.
Harris in Game Two had 22 points, 13 rebounds, and three steals but his effort was not enough as Alaska was unable to keep a nine-point lead in the end game.
But Harris said he liked what he saw in the effort of Alaska in Game Two with the match coming down to one to two possessions. Harris said they have to cut down on their turnovers in order to have a chance to win Game Three after the Aces had 26 errors on Friday including a turnover by Simon Enciso off an inbound with Alaska down two with a minute to play in the game.
“That’s what it’s supposed to be like. Championship level of basketball. We started out the fourth giving too many fouls. They started 4-0 early. In the middle of the game, the actual fouls that we were committing, it allowed them an opportunity to get to the free throw line. That’s what kept them in the game.”
“Their guards are pesky and feisty. They are really aggressive. We have to cut down on the turnovers. We know it’s going to be a one to two possession game. We have to execute well in the end game. That was all it was,” said Harris.