Compton on Bill Walker: 'Honestly, my opinion of him is he’s an NBA(-caliber) player'
Alaska's Calvin Abueva makes life hard for former teammate Bill Walker. Jaime Campos

ALASKA gave Bill Walker a rude reception in his first game against the Aces, who cruised past NLEX, 100-85, in their PBA Governors’ Cup encounter on Friday night.

The Aces held Walker, who played for Alaska in the 2014 edition of the season-ending tournament, to 29 points, slightly below his average of 31.1 points coming into the game, on 10-of-21 shooting in 44 minutes.

“We had the privilege of having Henry Walker in our team in my very first conference as a coach,” Aces coach Alex Compton said. “I didn’t expect to see him back in the league because, honestly, my opinion of him is he’s an NBA player.”

“I don’t know how much you, guys, personally know or feel what it’s like to bang bodies with a guy like that, but he’s exceptionally strong,” he added of the five-year NBA veteran. “His stroke is literally beautiful and he’s been shooting the ball all conference from about thirty feet like it’s a free throw, so I was definitely worried.”

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Walker knocked down six three-pointers but took 16 attempts to reach his total as the Aces defense left a major imprint on the entire Road Warriors side, which shot just 41 percent from the field.

“We gave up eighty-five points to a team that I think can score, especially with Henry,” Compton said.

Walker said he there were little emotions on his part in the game against his former team and was only eager to lead the Road Warriors to a win despite already having secured a postseason berth.

“I didn’t feel anything,” Walker said. “It was fun, but it was like any other game: we wanted to win and they wanted to win, and they got the better of us today.” 

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