Alex Compton on coaching matchup vs Guiao: 'Lamang ko lang sa kanya buhok eh'
“A lot of what coach Yeng (Guiao) does is cut, copy, paste in the sense of what I do,” says Alaska coach Alex Compton. Jerome Ascano

EXPECT an exciting, up-tempo battle as Rain or Shine and Alaska collide in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals starting on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

And which transition game between the Elasto Painters and the Aces is better will be known, with coach Alaska coach Alex Compton admitting he has somehow patterned his system to that of RoS counterpart Yeng Guiao.

“A lot of what coach Yeng does is cut, copy, paste in the sense of what I do,” Compton admitted after the Aces eliminated Meralco, 76-70, in the deciding match of their semifinal series on Wednesday night. “He has a system that we have, in a lot of ways, tried to emulate ourselves.”

The Aces initially thrive on their pressure defense that leads to their transition game.

“I didn’t invent a bunch of stuff that we do,” Compton said. “I like to watch good coaches and steal from them, if you will, copy what they do.”

“And I like a lot of what coach Yeng does and we use a lot of that philosophy on our team,” he added.

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While their styles of play don’t vary much, Compton admitted he is at a clear disadvantage compared to Guiao in terms of coaching  experience, with the latter having 26 years of experience and six championship under his belt.

“If you’re talking about experience, lugi kami,” said Compton, who only started coaching the Aces in the 2014 Governors’ Cup and has yet to lead his team to a title.

“Lamang ko lang sa kanya buhok eh,” the American mentor added with a smile.

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