PBA: End-game struggles doom Diamon Simpson, Alaska in Game 2
Santino Honasan on Jul 16, 2018 10:26 PM
“Nah, I just, I missed a lot of shots and I could’ve played better, I feel.
Looking to even up their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series against defending champions San Miguel, the Alaska Aces got off to a strong start, courtesy of import Diamon Simpson.
In the opening period, Simpson put up ten points to help the Aces to a 29-18 lead over the Beermen after the first 12 minutes of action.
Then, everything began to slip.
Alaska saw their lead, which was as high as 16 points at one point, slowly slip away.
In the end, the Beermen escaped with a 105-94 win to move within just a win away from another Finals berth.
Alaska, once again, was left looking for answers.
“Yeah, it was tough, it was a tough game.” Simpson said following the loss. After his ten-point explosion in the first period, six-foot-seven forward out of Los Angeles scored a total of nine points in the final three quarters to finish with 19 points to go with 15 rebounds.
“They played really good. That’s a good team. On to the next game.” Simpson added.
Throughout the game, things were pretty physical between Simpson and San Miguel import Renaldo Balkman, but says that it wasn’t what caused him to go cold in the last three quarters.
It was simply about not making his shots.
“Nah, I just, I missed a lot of shots and I could’ve played better, I feel. [Balkman] played well, credit to him.”
Now just one more loss away from calling it a conference, Simpson and the Aces will need to find a way to fight back to keep their season alive.
“We have to focus more and compete harder. That’s what our goal should be.”
Game 3 between Alaska and San Miguel will be on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum.