PBA: Aces come alive in time after owner's fighting words

Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2018 07:58 PM
PBA: Aces come alive in time after owner's fighting words
The Aces pulled away in the fourth quarter to score a 95-85 win. Alaska finished with an 8-3 record and will wait its opponent in the quarterfinals armed with a twice-to-beat edge.

Despite going for a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, Alaska didn't exactly play inspired against Northport Sunday at the Big Dome.

The Aces were struggling on both ends and were down against the Batang Pier at the break.

Alaska also gave up 32 points in the second period.

In order to lit a fire under his team, owner Fred Uytengsu went inside the dugout and delivered a powerful message to his Aces.

"It was short, it was powerful, and the guys responded," head coach Alex Compton said of Uytengsu's speech.

"You wouldn't be allowed to type some words but essentially he just challenged the guys and said he’s been watching us work so hard this whole conference. And then we come into a situation where it looks like we were complacent. He didn't want us to throw away this opportunity," he added.

Uytengsu clarified that he challenged his players at halftime.

And although he didn't go into speicifics, the youthful Alaska owner simply wanted the Aces to play with pride.

"Look at the score at halftime, they're killing us. So, either you go out and play our brand of game, play with the pride of Alaska basketball or you know you're gonna be very sorry at the end of this game and we have to do it the hard way. So, either go out, play our game or don't show up," Uytengsu said.

"They worked very hard to get to a position they're in right now and it would be a shame to lose that opportunity with the twice-to-beat if we didn't play the type of game that we're known for," he added.

Uytengsu's speech did work as Alaska eventually overcome Northport's challenge.

The Aces pulled away in the fourth quarter to score a 95-85 win. Alaska finished with an 8-3 record and will wait its opponent in the quarterfinals armed with a twice-to-beat edge.

 


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