Compton's first born daughter proved to be instant lucky charm as Aces complete mighty comeback win
Coach Alex Compton not only missed sleep but also Alaska's practice on the eve of its semifinal opener against Star as wife Michelle labored and gave birth to baby daughter Annika. Jerome Ascano

WHAT’S better than steering a team to a come-from-behind win in the semifinals against a two-time defending champion?

It’s going home to a new-born daughter for Alex Compton.

The Alaska coach bared the good news after the Aces’ 97-91 win over Star on Wednesday night in Game One of their PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four.

“The best thing about today is I have a new baby girl,” said the American tactician, whose wife Michelle gave birth to Annika on Tuesday, an addition to the Compton family that already has two boys in Eamonn and Eoin.

His Filipina-Irish wife going into labor forced Compton to miss not only sleep but the Aces’ practice on the eve of the semifinal opener.

But history was actually on the Aces’ side as Compton, by his own account, said Alaska is a perfect 3-0 (win-loss) when he doesn’t “show up in practice the day before a game.”

“So I’m taking off the rest of the year,” he said with a laugh. “That’s how good our coaching staff is for the rest of the year.”

Louie Alas and Jeff Cariaso conducted the Aces’ practice.

“Nandun naman ang system in place,” Alas said. “Walang kahirap-hirap.”

It wasn’t until the second half where the Aces’ system worked to their favor as they climbed from an early 18-point hole to carve out the come-from-behind win.

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