ALASKA Head Coach Alex Compton has a lot to worry about from the talented lineup of Globalport, but their team’s defensive effort left him with lesser worries and a huge 3-1 series lead at the end of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Game 4 on Sunday.
Entering their semi-finals series against Globalport, Alex Compton had a hard task of crafting an effective game plan against the backcourt of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle. In Game 1, Romeo torched Alaska for 41 points to steal the series opener.
But in the last three games, the concerted efforts of guards Chris Banchero, Cyrus Baguio, JV Casio, and Ping Exciminiano caused troubles for both Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo and resulted into wins, which Alex Compton acknowledges.
“Nobody on our team is stopping [Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle] one-on-one, so it doesn’t change our perspective on their explosiveness one bit. It just means that we have five guys really committed to covering ground. I’m just proud of my guys’ defensive effort,” said Compton.
“I hope that our defense stays this way, because if we play with this kind of energy we have a great chance against any opponent. We can lose, but it would give us a huge chance.”
Despite the chance to close the door on Globalport with a commanding lead in the series, Alex Compton is still wary that his team has not yet accomplished their goal, especially that they have not made it into the finals yet.
Already in his second-year as mentor of Alaska, Alex Compton has already amassed an impressive resume of two PBA Finals appearances in the 2014-15 Philippine Cup and the 2015 Governors’ Cup, only to fall to eventual champion San Miguel Beermen in both occasions.
Alex Compton hopes to make his third Finals appearance as Head Coach, should Alaska succeed in Game 5, set for a 7:00 pm (GMT+8) tipoff on Tuesday, January 12, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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