PBA: Lucky Aces slowly stepping up their game
Paul Lintag on Jun 10, 2019 03:00 PM
While Alaska is certainly playing better, luck has also played role in the Aces’ good fortunes recently. (PBA)
After an initial struggle, Alaska has turned the tables in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
After a third straight win Sunday, the Aces have the longest active streak in the league and a 4-2 record is good for solo fourth place at the moment.
While Alaska is certainly playing better, luck has also played role in the Aces’ good fortunes recently.
Alaska got a banged-up NLEX and a weary Magnolia to start its winning streak. The Aces did score a great win Sunday by outlasting Meralco.
It doesn’t matter if they’re lucky or not though, Alaska will take the wins as they come.
“think we're getting a little bit better rhythm together. We're playing a little harder. But you know, you have to be realistic in this league,” head coach Alex Compton said.
“We are playing better. But we caught NLEX in the midst of a bunch of injuries and then Coach Yeng wasn't there, and they got a new import. So sometimes in this league, you need good fortune. That helped us. We caught Magnolia coming off the Finals. We caught them when they're tired, so that helped,” he added.
As they Aces start getting healthy, they’re play is also improving.
The locals in particular continue to step up and number of wins are proof of that for Alaska.
“I do feel like we're playing better. We're cleaning up some stuff defensively, we're starting to do a little bit better job of pursuing the ball, even though we got dominated on the glass,” Compton said.
“But we also had a couple of good fortune things along the way, which I'll accept. I'll take good fortune every game,” he added.
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