Alex Compton laments Alaska's sloppy play, says 'players didn't respect (Blackwater) enough'
Alaska coach Alex Compton shows his frustration at the sidelines. Jerome Ascano

ALASKA coach Alex Compton was a frustrated man on Sunday night, saying the Aces didn't respect the game and didn't respect Blackwater enough in their PBA Philippine Cup showdown.

Consequently, the Aces went down in defeat, 100-103.

“Sometimes as coaches you say and emphasize certain things. But if the guys don’t respect the game, it’s just gonna disrespect you right back,” said Compton after emerging from a sullen Alaska dugout.

The Aces coach was unhappy with the turnovers - Alaska had 26 which led to 29 Blackwater points - and angry that his team, in his eyes, didn't give a young, underrated Blackwater team the respect that it deserves.

“Dyan palang (sa turnovers) ‘yun talaga ‘yun eh. If we didn't throw the ball away, if we didn't force stuff and try to play one on one, (we could’ve won),” he said.

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“I just don’t like the fact that I don’t think we respected them enough,” he added. “You don’t get opportunities back, if they’re in front of you, you better be locked in and if you don’t value them enough they’re gonna pass you by.”

As frustrated as he was, Compton said he isn't about to dwell on the past, saying all Alaska could do is focus on games against Mahindra on January 22, Phoenix on January 27 and Rain or Shine on February 1.

At 4-4 (win-loss), the Aces are not yet guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.

“I wish I could go back in time about three hours ago,” he sighed. “But now what we do with this with three games left in the regular season (matters the most), when everybody’s jockeying for position.”

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