PBA Finals: Alaska says it ain't over 'til it's over
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 07, 2018 10:53 PM
Simon Enciso and Alaska are two losses away from another Finals loss
Alaska is in the Finals of the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup – the storied franchise’s first championship round in two years.
After getting edged out by Magnolia in Game 2, however, the Aces now find themselves in a 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.
Nonetheless, head coach Alex Compton said he and his wards remain upbeat about their chances. “They better be ready to work tomorrow because we’re gonna keep going. I don’t think it’s over yet,” he told reporters post-game on Wednesday.
Alaska has two days to prepare before taking the court once more on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
And while the decision of Game 3 is yet to be determined, what’s certain is that coach Alex’s wards will keep coming. “I’ll tell you what, we’re gonna keep going, we’re gonna keep battling,” he said.
To do so, they will need much more from stalwart Vic Manuel who only had 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes of action.
Apparently, the bruising big man was battling an injury. “Dito sa right leg, ramdak ko nga nung fourth quarter, parang napagod ako, nag-tight kaya nagpa-sub ako,” he shared.
Come the next game, however, Manuel had one promise – he will be there. “Ready naman ako. Ready naman kami maglaro. ‘Di kami nawawalan nang pag-asa kasi sabi nga sa amin ni coach, seven-game series ‘to,” he said.
He then continued, “Mahaba pa. Ang gusto lang namin, makakuha ng panalo para makakuha ng momentum.”
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