PBA: Compton absolutely thrilled after finally getting one over SMB in playoffs

Paul Lintag on Nov 07, 2018 11:12 PM
Compton thrilled after finally getting one over SMB
"Am I happy that we beat San Miguel? Absolutely. I'm ecstatic, thrilled," Compton said.

June Mar Fajardo is the ultimate game changer.

The reigning four-time league MVP is a great influence in game results and Alaska head coach Alex Compton is very much aware of that even after his Aces just ended San Miguel's season following a win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals Wednesday.

Alaska dominated the Beermen on their way to the semifinals but Compton says that things would have been different if June Mar was operating in full capacity.

Dealing with a shin injury all conference long, the Alaska game was only Fajardo's third appearance in the Governors' Cup.

June Mar is still obviously not 100 percent and it showed, playing only 22 minutes in the loss and scoring six points.

"I think the most dominant force in the league matters," Compton said of June Mar.

"He didn't play most of this conference and he's just getting his groove back. June Mar changes everything. It's not an accident that he got four straight MVPs, the kid is special," he added.

Still, Compton can't hide the fact that Alaska finally beating San Miguel in the playoffs means something.

Since 2015, the Beermen have dominated Alaska in the playoffs. Half of San Miguel's six championships in that span came at the expense of the Aces.

In the 2018 Commissioner's Cup semifinals, San Miguel also ended Alaska's campaign.

However, Compton is not naive and he acknowledges that the Beermen's greatest weapon was not fully functional in this series win for the Aces.

"Am I happy that we beat San Miguel? Absolutely. I'm ecstatic, thrilled," Compton said.

"Do I also recognize that our whole league has a problem because Christian [Standhardinger] is great? And June Mar is legendary? Ibang usapan siguro kung 5'10" sila pareho. Medyo malaking mama yung dalawa eh," he added.



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