PBA: Complacency costs Alaska the game against NLEX

Philip Matel on Oct 27, 2018 07:57 AM
 PBA: Complacency costs Alaska the game against NLEX
Alaska's chance for a twice-to-beat advantage clincher in the quarterfinals got delayed a bit, as they fall to a 7-3 record.

ANTIPOLO CITY -- If a team like the Alaska Aces were up by double digits in the fourth quarter especially in the late stages, it is very likely for the leading team to cruise to the win.

The Aces led 94-84 with 5:41 left and gave away a 15-5 run capped off by Aaron Fuller's tough game-tying layup with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to force an extra five minutes of action.

In the overtime period, momentum swung the NLEX Road Warriors' way, JR Quiñahan took over and scored the last seven points for his side to take the 116-110 win.

Alaska's chance for a twice-to-beat advantage clincher in the quarterfinals got delayed a bit, as they fall to a 7-3 record.

Coach Alex Compton was not surprised on the loss, since they moved a step slower than their competitors from the very tip, until the final buzzer.

"I am particularly frustrated with our start. I thought NLEX came out very well and really did a good job. But as well as they were playing, we had much breakdowns that also gave them points," Compton shared after the game.

"That was not acceptable. So, we didnt deserve it. Sometimes, you need to take a smack to hopefully wake us up." 

Even though they got the loss, things did not change for Alaska, since nothing positive or negative made its effect to its playoff advantage, a bonus awarded to the top four teams in the standings.

They are still second, tied with the Phoenix Fuel Masters. 

Import Mike Harris was visibly in pain in the extra period, but just dismissed it as suffering from cramps.

"First OT game, I didn't really hydrate that much in the sideline. And that was my fault. It was a mistake that I did. I'll learn from it. That hurt us maybe a possession or two."

As they fight the NorthPort Batang Pier in their final elimination game on Sunday at the Big Dome, Compton wants to avoid a similar thing from happening once again.

Since the squad of the motivator Pido Jarencio is out of the playoff picture, they may be driven to spoil the party and end the season with a bang.

"Pido’s guys always play hard and we have to worry about Stanley and Sean who are playing great. I really hope we play with more urgency on Sunday."


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