PBA: Alaska's Compton to Bolts after Game 1 loss: "This is not a 7th seed"

Paul Lintag on Nov 12, 2018 01:51 PM
PBA: Alaska's Compton to Bolts:
No. 2 Phoenix found out about that the hard way in the quarterfinals and no. 3 Alaska is quick to figure out that the Bolts are going to be a tough out in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals despite their team ranking that suggest they barely made the playoffs.

The Meralco Bolts are not your average 7th-seeded playoff team.

No. 2 Phoenix found out about that the hard way in the quarterfinals and no. 3 Alaska is quick to figure out that the Bolts are going to be a tough out in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals despite their team ranking that suggest they barely made the playoffs.

While Meralco did just barely make the playoffs, the Bolts won six straight knockout games, including two against Phoenix, to advance to the semis.

And while Meralco has taken a break from knockout games, the winning has continued and the Bolts now lead the Aces, 1-0, in the best-of-5 semifinals.

"I thought Meralco was great, they deserved the win," Alaska head coach Alex Compton said after Game 1 Sunday in Antipolo.

"This team's been to the Finals twice with the Best Import and a great coach. This is not a 7th seed, they just started out slow," Compton added of the Bolts.

After eliminating San Miguel in the quarterfinals, things looked like they were starting to fall into place for the Aces.

However, Compton insisted that his team would have to play better in order to shut down the Bolts and in Game 1, Alaska didn't deliver.

That's why they're now down, 0-1.

"We gotta be much better," Compton said.

"I felt coming into this series that we had to play better than we did against San Miguel. We just didn't. And [Allen] Durham was awesome," he added.

 


---

Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullitag8

Latest News