Alex Compton didn’t mince words when asked about Alaska’s effort in another blowout loss in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday.
The Aces were outclassed on both ends of the floor by the Road Warriors, who responded to the ejection of head coach Yeng Guiao with a resounding second half performance to hand their foes their third double-digit defeat of the conference.
“Horrible, embarrassing,” Compton bluntly said after the game.
“We had nine assists, we were flat on defense. There’s really not much more to say than that if the other team works harder than you. You don’t move around on defense. Credit to NLEX. Great job, they pounced on the opportunity,” he added.
Aside from that measly nine-assist output, Alaska also lost the battle on the boards badly (46-60) and shot a poor 28.8 percent from the field all night long.
These frustrated the Alaska head coach, who rued his team’s spirit once more just three days after suffering a huge loss to Magnolia.
“We don’t have an excuse for getting clearly outworked. That’s not okay. That was this game. Sometimes you play hard and lose. Sometimes you miss shots, sometimes the other guys just don’t fight, it wasn’t the case today. We just got outworked, clearly, badly,” he said.
It’s not even a personnel problem at this point for an injury-riddled Alaska, according to Compton.
“It’s not in any way connected to the way we played today. Everybody who stepped on that floor had Alaska across their chest, they’re expected to play a certain way. We didn’t meet that standard at all today. A couple guys were solid but for the most part as a team, pretty bad,” the coach explained.
Unfortunately for the Aces, they’ll have to pick up the pieces real quick as they’re set to face the TNT KaTropa, who appear to be rounding to form as evidenced by their huge win over Blackwater last Saturday.
“I don’t know if you guys remember during our PBA Media Day that comm Willie put together, I said watch out for Talk N Text. They got a full preseason, they got a coach with really good defensive system and they’re doing a great job,” Compton said.
“My concern more than anything… I know we’re playing a really good team, my concern is the way we play.”
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