On his best offensive night in PBA, Rob Dozier left to rue a porous Alaska defense
Rob Dozier sees his 41-point performance go for naught for Alaska. Jerome Ascano

ROB Dozier played down his dominant offensive effort for Alaska against Rain or Shine in Game One of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series on Friday night.

The Aces import registered a career-high 41 points on 18-of-22 shooting, including four three-pointers in 43 minutes as he dominated Elasto Painters counterpart Pierre Henderson-Niles, who wound up with just six points in 33 minutes, although his team emerged victorious, 105-97.

“It’s not an individual battle,” Dozier said. “It’s about the team, so he might’ve had a bad game but he won, and I had a good game and we lost, so it doesn’t really add up.”

But the former Best Import awardee was hardly looking for more help from the locals, stressing it was their team defense that they need to improve on as they allowed the E-Painters to score 16 points in the first four minutes and allow them to make 48 percent of their shots overall.

“I think we played okay offensively. We didn’t have an issue offensively,” he said. "I think it was on the defensive end and we turned the ball over the first four minutes.”

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Aces coach Alex Compton regretted seeing the defense-oriented Dozier’s offensive brilliance go for naught.

“We wasted the best offensive game I’ve ever seen Rob Dozier have, “ Compton said.

Dozier flaunted his outside touch as he knocked down four of his six three-point attempts.

“I don’t shoot them at a high rate, but if you’re going to leave me wide open, I’m definitely going to shoot them,” he said. “I’ve worked on it, but I’ve always been known as a pick-and-pop three-point shooter or mid-range jump shooter, so it’s nothing new.”

Compton agreed.

“He’s been working on it (outside shooting) for years,” the American coach said of the journeyman slotman. “When you go to Europe, you got to be a stretch-four and be able to shoot it. Rob was always a good medium-range shooter and he’s extended his range.”

“The thing I like is he usually takes the right ones, he doesn’t fall in love with it,” he added.

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