PBA: Green Bay Packers show bond between Compton and Travis
Philip Matel on Oct 15, 2018 09:40 AM
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Alex Compton and Romeo Travis faced off for the very first time Sunday evening, with the former Alaska import now clad in blue playing for the opposing Magnolia Hotshots.
In a match-up of two of the better teams of the PBA Governors' Cup, Travis and the Hotshots emerged victorious in a low-scoring 83-73 decision, winning their fifth straight game in the process.
But before Travis' 19-point, 17-rebound, four assist performance, the two met at center court, with the two discussing an usual topic: the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, are one of the more popular teams of the NFL in the US, and known for its years-long waiting list before an opportunity to watch the game.
Green Bay is led by two-time NFL MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the man in the picture above.
"I think I told him, 'There's only two Green Bay Packers fans here in this whole arena.' It's only him and me," the agreeable mentor said after the game.
Compton, who added that there were no hard feelings between the two, and likened the change to the usual trades that goes on in professional basketball leagues.
As the Aces still in the upper echelon of the playoff mix, meaning a twice-to-beat advantage in the opening round, the mentor lamented that there was no way his team could have won the game, much less deserve it.
His wards shot a paltry 7/19 from the free throw line, which could have made the difference in a 10-point difference.
The team's defensive effort, especially in the second quarter, was the difference, as they gave up 34 in that period alone, which was not to be in a low-scoring affair.
In the wars for the coveted top-four spots, the former sharpshooter joked that getting the seed was like relationship statuses on Facebook.
"Happily married. We'd like to be married on one of those Top 4 spots. Today would have been nice if we would have home up with it. But we didn't deserve it."
With their two losses coming up against the top two teams of the final tournament, Compton agreed that the uphill climb to a title will all boil down to learning.
"We'd get tired of lessons as coaches for the team that could help guys grow up. But you hope at this point you'd get the lesson like 'look at what they're doing and how well are they playing.' We've got to be better if we want to beat a team like that."
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