PBA: New horizons dawn on Alaska towards 26-day break
Philip Matel on Sep 02, 2018 10:55 PM
Alex Compton had no answers as well on Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar's impressive performance. The duo combined to score 69 points, 57 points in the second half alone.
Sitting pretty for the next 26 days with a 3-1 record, it will be uncharted territory for the Alaska Aces, as the unprecedented lull will be the longest in team's history.
Of course, the team's near month-long break is due to the two FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier games, in which the PBA is also taking part with a two-week break of their own.
"So it's a unique experience for all of us. You know, it's part of the PBA just to make into the national team," the coach said after the game.
There are some positives that can be drawn from the extended break, as import Mike Harris will have tons of time to recover from his ankle injury, which he suffered in the second half of Sunday's game.
Compton however, had no answers for Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar's impressive performance. The duo combined to score 69 points, 57 points in the second half alone.
"I really thought Justin made some tough shots today. We were there, they did a good job, and he still made it. The guy's a special player, they deserve it," Compton said on Brownlee's performance.
Another positive takeaway Compton took from Sunday's game is his wards' grit and determination to fight.
Even with their import down, they managed to cut the lead to six, 107-101 with 24 ticks left, but ultimately came up short.
With that said, the mentor is spewing nothing but happiness for Alaska's great position among the league leaders in the standings.
"I think it's hard after a loss to say you're happy, but my hope, because it's free to hope. Mas maganda naman kung libre mangarap, di ba? Mas maganda pakinggan. My hope is we'd be 4-0 but 3-1 was like, if get to 3-1 against the quality teams that we're playing, that's a good stretch right there."
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