PBA: Someone had to take us down -- Alex Compton
Philip Matel on Jun 17, 2018 08:44 PM
The law of averages had caught up to the Alaska Aces; they had shot 14/24 from three against NLEX last Friday, tonight just 4/22.
Riding on a seven-game winning streak, the Alaska Aces had the entire league on notice. And because of that, they had targets on their backs.
The Meralco Bolts took aim at Alaska and finally took them down, 89-74, holding the Aces way below their 105.7-point average.
For Alaska coach Alex Compton, he had expected the end of their winning run, and now, all of their focus is finishing strong for the Commissioner's Cup playoffs, aiming at the top two seeds.
"It’s not often you win seven straight. Somebody’s gonna take you down. You lose some games in the regular season. We still have a lot to work on if we want to worry about advancing in the playoffs," Compton said after the game.
After the game, which was 31 points far from average, Compton acknowledged the best defense of the conference in Meralco, but noted that the team had missed wide-open shots as well.
The former MBA superstar also acknowledged that the law of averages had caught up to them; they had shot 14/24 from three against NLEX last Friday, tonight just 4/22.
"It wasn’t like our defense was horrible. They had 89 points. It’s just that, their defense was good and we missed the wide open ones we got."
As for the status of Calvin Abueva (suspension) and Jeron Teng (recovering from injury), the mentor remained mum, saying that the timeline for both of them is still unsure.
"The word hasn’t changed. Indefinite means indefinite. It means not forever. Maybe, that’s what It means. We’ll see as I talk to the management," Compton said of the San Sebastian product.
"[Abueva's] getting ready for Gilas. We didn’t stop him from playing from Gilas. We didn’t want to get in the way of the national team so we have to get ready for that."
"One is indefinite, one is physiology. I don't know either."
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