PBA: Aces find way to limit Jones in big 36-point win
Paul Lintag on Jul 21, 2019 08:13 PM
At least for one game, Alaska found a formula that worked and the Aces were able to limit Jones to just 19 points and forced him to seven turnovers. (PBA)
Terrence Jones was Alaska’s biggest problem heading into the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.
The Aces had to somehow limit Jones, who is arguably the best import in the conference so far.
At least for one game, Alaska found a formula that worked and the Aces were able to limit Jones to just 19 points and forced him to seven turnovers.
Alaska also won by 36 points, setting up a one-game knockout for the semifinals next week.
“It was everybody who stepped on the floor really committed to play defense for each other. Because we do not have a single player who can stop Terrence Jones. We don't have a single player, not a single player,” head coach Alex Compton said.
“I love Diamon Simpson. He is an incredible defender, he's a great teammate, I mean, I love him. He's a character individual, he's an Alaska guy. We can't put Diamon on him for 40 minutes and guard him, we can't stop him. So it has to be all of us, just hustling and flying around out there, and the players did it, and I'm proud of them,” he added.
Alaska had to give the Jones assignment to multiple players in order to have a chance.
That strategy worked and coupled with the fact that the KaTropa bricked their outside shots, it was a formula for a huge success on the part of the Aces.
“Sobrang hirap kasi talagang scorer eh, so kailangan talaga namin siya kumpulan para ma-stop namin siya,” forward Vic Manuel said.
“Malaking bagay samin parang di pumapasok mga outside shots nila, so talagang gina-grab namin opportunity na makatakbo sa transition lalo na si Terrence parang nagla-lakad na lang kanina eh, di na sya bumababa,” he added.
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