Best Import of the Conference frontrunner Mike Harris remains optimistic that the Alaska Aces can overcome the 0-2 deficit that they’re currently facing in the PBA 2018 Governors’ Cup Finals.
The Aces’ latest setback ended with a close loss against the Hotshots, no thanks to Jio Jalalon’s clutch plays last Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Armed with loads of basketball experience after having played in places like the NBA G-League, Puerto Rico, and China, Harris sees an opportunity for Alaska to make a comeback given their talent-laden roster.
They just need to continuously work hard and take it one game at a time.
“All we need to do is win one. It changes the whole thing. We can’t get down on ourselves. I’m not down on myself. I’ve been in his before. I like the situation, ” bared Harris. “I’ve been down 2-0 before. It’s a big deal but it’s not. You take it one game at a time. It’s first to four. Our job is to come back, refocus tomorrow, and get ready for Game Three.
Moreover, the hulking import gave credit to the Hotshots’ aggressiveness on both ends, especially since it forced turnovers on their end while they gave up multiple attempts at the free throw line as well. The Hotshots shot a total of 18 tries at the charity stripe and they forced Alaska to a whopping total of 26 turnovers in Game Two.
For Harris, the Aces would need to cut down on those mental mistakes in order to give themselves a chance in this series. But overall, he likes what he saw from his teammates, since a few breaks here or there could’ve tied the series.
“That’s what it’s supposed to be like. Championship level of basketball. We started out the fourth giving too many fouls. They started 4-0 early. In the middle of the game, the actual fouls that we were committing, it allowed them an opportunity to get to the free throw line. That’s what kept them in the game,” Harris lamented.
“Their guards are pesky and feisty. They are really aggressive. We have to cut down on the turnovers. We know it’s going to be a one to two possession game. We have to execute well in the end game,” added the Texas native.