ANTIPOLO CITY --- Alaska head coach Alex Compton didn’t need a long explanation for the beat down the Aces suffered at the hands of NorthPort on Wednesday.
He described it in the most accurate and simplest way possible.
“Horrible game,” said a very frustrated Compton following Alaska’s 81-103 defeat in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Sports Center here.
The Aces looked sluggish the whole game, lacking the energy and intensity they had when they stopped Columbian Dyip in their tracks last Sunday to open the import-laden conference.
“I don’t know how that happened. We didn’t have a hard practice. I find no excuse for that. They should’ve been fresh,” said Compton.
The Aces shot 31-of-78 from the field and committed 20 turnovers that the Batang Pier converted to 23 points.
And they bricked more than half of their free throws.
“I think we’re 10-for-24 from the line,” Compton said. “We had an effort that did nothing in the game.”
NorthPort had an easy time dismantling Alaska in the second half, turning a 51-42 halftime lead to a 103-79 advantage late in the payoff period.
Import Robert Daniels led the Aces, whose only taste of the lead is at the start of the game at 3-2, with 21 points and 13 boards while Simon Enciso and Jesper Ayaay were the only locals with significant contributions with 10 markers each.
“Coach Pido (Jarencio) deserves credit. He did an excellent job, really, really great job,” said Compton referring to NorthPort’s great debut. “But I don’t control whatever job he does, I’m worried about us.”
Compton declined to answer what he said to his team after the game.
“I think I’m not allowed to say that. That’s not the way we play,” he said before excusing himself from the media after just a minute and a half postgame interview.
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