THEY say you win some, you lose some.
But Alaska coach Luigi Trillo has a better way of putting it as he could not help but stick to the positives after the Aces’ 95-108 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Saturday that eliminated them from the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.
“I like to think, ‘Win some, then learn from some,’” he said after the game.
Trillo still rued that his weary squad fell into a huge hole early that saw the Kings establish an 18-point cushion which they never relinquished.
“They took us out of the game in the first quarter, their energy level was different. It was just really tough to be falling behind,” Trillo said of the Kings, who were dragged to a deciding game after squandering their twice-to-beat edge with a 97-104 loss last Wednesday.
“We tried to regroup and tell the guys to play through the mistakes, pero after one, two, three, four mistakes, nabaon talaga kami,” added Trillo, whose wards played in their fourth do-or-die game in seven days. “With that being said, they also hit shots. They deserved it.”
“Fatigue can be a factor, but you saw we worked it. Thirteen points (deficit) in the end, so lumaban kami.”
But Trillo also felt they weren’t getting some of the call from the officials.
“We felt we really got the short end of the stick. Foul on one side and the other side it’s not.”
“Parang sledgehammer,” he added. “It’s bad enough they (referees) were not making some of the calls, then they (Kings) also play well, it all accumulated.”
“At the end of the day, I couldn’t be prouder of my guys,” Trillo said as he looks forward to the Commissioner’s Cup in March when they’ll defend their title with import Robert Dozier returning to the fold.
“It’s nice to have Dozier back, but it’s a very different conference. Six-nine (height limit) so it’s not seven footers where he can use his agility against others. Some imports are gonna be smaller and probably just as quick as him. But we look forward to that.”