BARANGAY Ginebra coach Tim Cone walked away from Alaska coach Alex Compton at the end of their PBA Philippine Cup match on Sunday after the Aces scored a late triple in their lopsided match against the Kings.
After the Aces pulled off a 104-78 win over the Kings, Cone was seen heading straight to the Ginebra dugout instead of shaking the hand of Compton after Simon Enciso buried a triple at the buzzer that increased their winning margin to 26.
Compton tried to explain his side by chasing a visibly upset Cone, who already had a few incidents in the past against opposing coaches who tried to run up the score at the end of the game.
The Alaska coach said he understands Cone’s reaction because of the tradition that no one tries to score more when the result of the game has already been settled.
Compton, however, said the format of the league that tiebreaks be broken by a quotient system prompted him to give Enciso the go-signal to take a last shot even with the result of the match already settled.
“Sa amin, the way we grew up, if you play college basketball in the States, you don’t ever take that shot,” Compton said.
Compton said he is speaking from experience how important each point is, as Alaska missed the playoffs a few years ago after he ordered his players not to score anymore with the victory already in the bag.
“Remember that year when we lost 14 straight? We started out 4-0. In one of those games, we were blowing GlobalPort out, and I told the guys don’t shoot. And there is a quotient system, we lost eight straight, and we didn’t make the playoffs because we had a lay-up and I told them don’t take it and we didn’t make the playoffs. And that was my fault. We actually literally lost because we didn’t make that play and didn’t make the playoffs,” said Compton.
Compton said he doesn’t want to have a repeat of that campaign a few years ago where they missed the playoffs by one basket.
“I understand coach Tim’s frustration. I don’t take it personally. I didn’t do anything personal. But if we got into a situation where we are tied, who knows? I don’t want to miss the playoffs because I honor a tradition that nobody else in the league honors. When teams score on us at the buzzer when we are getting killed, I don’t take it (personally). I would have been offended probably three or four years ago.
“But the league is set up in a quotient system in a way where if we don’t make that play, and we didn’t make the playoffs by one point, I mean, I think Fred (Uytengsu, Alaska team owner) might have strong words for me. I might be covering a lot of games and looking for another job,” Compton said.
Compton said he has high respect for Cone that he ran after the Ginebra coach to speak to him and explain his side.
“I think you saw how I much respect I coach Tim when he turns his back and walk away,” Compton said. “I ran after him. I’m still going to honor the coach. I have nothing bad to say about that man. He has done a phenomenal job. He is the winningest coach in the history of the league.”
Compton said Cone didn’t respond when he chased after him.
“He hates the rule. I said ‘Coach, I’ve missed the playoffs because I didn’t make that play,” Compton said.
“If we were to change that rule, I’ll be mad at my player for taking that shot because we don’t dishonor the game. But the way the league rules are set up, I literally missed the playoffs by one possession in the playoffs in that 14-game losing streak,” said Compton.