PBA Finals: Error-prone Alaska shoots itself in foot anew

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 07, 2018 10:49 PM
PBA Finals: Error-prone Alaska shoots itself in foot anew
Alaska has turned the ball over a total of 51 times in the first two games of the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup Finals

Down two with 18 ticks to go on the clock in Game 2 of the PBA Governor’s Cup Finals, Alaska called for a pick-and-roll between Simon Enciso and Mike Harris.

Harris set a solid screen and when Enciso turned the corner, there was an open lane to drive through.

Once he did, however, the Magnolia defense was quick to react and Jiovani Jalalon and Romeo Travis were right there under the ring to meet the Aces’ point guard.

Enciso tried to make something out of nothing, but his forced shot against two defenders only hit the board.

Post-game, head coach Alex Compton was left to rue at that missed opportunity. “As sick as I felt to my stomach in Game 1. I felt my team was there, (but) we just turned the ball over,” he told reporters.

Indeed, after that turnover, the Hotshots converted a couple of charities to put the game away for good – and push themselves into a 2-0 lead in the race-to-four series.

Even so, Coach Alex said his wards will be back at it in no time – if and when they do one thing and one thing alone. “We should take better care of the basketball. We just gotta be better,” he said.

He then continued, “25 and 26 turnovers, that’s the prime story of the first two games of this series.”

In its Game 1 loss last Wednesday, Alaska turned the ball over 25 times.

Just two days later, they did even worse with 26 errors in Game 2.

If and when the Aces correct that in Game 3 on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo, their always amiable mentor is nothing but confident the tides will turn for them.


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