Compton seeking clarification on costly Alaska foul on Slaughter in Dubai game
 “I will speak with commissioner just to find out if it’s really a foul,” says Alaska coach Alex Compton on the questionable foul on Noy Baclao that led to Greg Slaughter's game-winning free throws in Dubai. Jerome Ascano

ALASKA coach Alex Compton said he is seeking a clarification from PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa over a questionable call late in the Aces’ 93-92 loss to Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Cup in Dubai last Saturday.

The American mentor is hoping to be enlightened specifically on the foul committed by Noy Baclao on Greg Slaughter with only five seconds left that allowed the Gin Kings center to score the go-ahead free throws in ginebra's first win in three games this season.

“Calls always come into play,” Compton told a few days after arriving from the Middle East trip, when asked how the call affected the result. “I will speak with commissioner just to find out if it’s really a foul.”

“We have our own opinions, but my opinions are irrelevant,” he was quick to add without elaborating. “It’s really a matter of what the rules of the league are.”

The call has come under fire from fans who felt there was no significant contact between Baclao and Slaughter to merit foul, especially with a game on the line in the final seconds.
One reader, Michael Abarra, posted this message on our Facebook page where he attached a video of the controversial play.
Here it is:

A game should never be decided by one call. It is a 48 minutes playing basketball. The win by Ginebra decided by the bad call of the referee. To think of it there is no replay on TV after the call by the referee. Watch this video..

Posted by Michael Abarra on Saturday, November 7, 2015

Compton said he nonetheless respects the new rules that Narvasa has implemented.

“I think the commissioner’s done a great job; he’s very forthright about what should and shouldn’t be called,” said Compton, 

“There’ve been changes in the league in terms of the game will be called, so if the league deemed that as a foul – as far as I know, and every league I’ve been a part of – the league establishes what’s right and wrong,” he added.

Despite the loss, Compton was satisfied with how his Aces performed against the Gin Kings after trailing by as many as 21 points, considering it was the second of a grueling back-to-back schedule, having just survived a tough Mahindra stand, 98-94, the night before.

“The bottom line is, in all of that, I was proud of our guys,” said Compton, a concurrent national team assistant coach. “We prepared for Mahindra and then we were going to treat it like the way we do things with Gilas: we prepare for the game in front of you and that’s it.”

“Ginebra came in and they clearly looked the better team in the first half,” he continued. “But one of the things I love about my guys is they don’t back down from a challenge.


“By the end of the game, the thing that made me proud was that as hard as we played, kahit back to back kami, mukhang mas pagod ang Ginebra.”

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