ALEX Compton seemed to hit the ground running in his head coaching debut with Alaska on Monday night when the Aces romped to a 103-91 victory over Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
But the new Aces mentor admitted otherwise, deflecting credit to his players, whom he said had been running the team's patented Triangle Offense for quite some time now.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t ready for it (head-coaching position),” admitted the American coach, who replaced Luigi Trillo. “I hope that my guys just keep playing like this. They played fantastic.”
Sure, the Texters played without an import, but the Aces appeared to adjust well with Compton by gifting their new coach a blowout victory.
“Today, it was really our players (who made the victory possible). I had zero magic up my sleeves,” Compton said.
Asked if he changed the system the Aces were running, Compton answered in the negative.
“Square na ang tinatakbo namin,” he said, drawing laughter from the press before turning serious. “There’s no way. Impossible yun. We have a system in place na maraming championship na ang na-produce ng sistema na yan.”
“Hindi ko alam kung babaguhin namin ever yun. tingnan natin, but not this conference,” he added.
After all, it’s a short conference where every game is important.
“There’s less time to teach,” Compton said.
“In this conference, it’s more about conference management, scouting, things that I’m not good at, so we rely on my staff a lot,” added the affable mentor with a smile.
Compton said he is lucky to have Louie Alas as one of his assistants, having played under him in what he termed as his “best year as a player” in 1999 when they were together with the Triangle-run Manila Metrostars team that won the championship in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.
Now, Compton hopes for Alas’ guidance anew as they try to steer the Aces.
“Marami pa akong kulang sa triangle, but I like it. Our guys like it and they know it,” Compton said. “It’s a hard system to learn. But when you’re comfortable with it, I think it creates a real sense of team. Hopefully we can just get better.”