ALASKA coach Luigi Trillo still can’t accept that the Aces’ struggling start in their PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup campaign is down to bad play.
Halfway through the elimination round, the Aces are at the bottom half of the standings with a 2-5 record following a 94-84 loss against Globalport on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Trillo said the Aces didn’t really have a bad start to the tournament, and pointed out that three of the Aces’ five losses were mainly due to bad breaks.
“In the three (lost) games there, we were playing well. I mean, against Barako, we were up by 15 points and we just didn’t take care of the lead. Then against Talk ‘N Tex, we lost because of missed free throws, while against Petron, the guys played their hearts out, though were up against a pretty solid team,” explained the Alaska coach.
On the other hand, the Aces missed the services of injured power-forward Calvin Abueva (sprained ankle) in the loss against the Batang Pier.
Trillo said with the second round very much ahead of them, he’s confident the team could find a way to start piling up the wins as it tries to make that big push for a quarterfinals berth.
“At 2-5, we’re still there. It’s not that you’re out of it. Seven games, just halfway through, so if you win half of that, maybe you get 7-7 and make the playoffs,” he said.
“You got to take the good and the bad. But now, it’s more of the bad because of the wins and losses.”
Expectations are high for the Aces entering this season since the franchise is coming off a 35-20 win-loss overall record last year that saw them win the Commissioner’s Cup, the team’s first title in the post-Tim Cone era.
Trillo hopes things will start improving when Alaska returns to action next Wednesday against Meralco at the Mall of Asia Arena.