PBA: Alaska Aces gets new lease on life after Philippine Cup loss, says Compton

Alaska Aces Head Coach Alex Compton speaks to reporters following Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

Compton said the Alaska Aces squad got back on their feet quickly after devastating loss to San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup finals.

Alaska Aces Head Coach Alex Compton could have easily lost his job after blowing a 3-0 lead only to lose in seven games to the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup finals.

But Alex Compton remained the bench tactician for the Alaska Aces, bringing their team to a 108-100 win over Tropang TNT on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum – their first taste of victory since Game 3 over a month earlier.

Compton, an American born in Makati City, described the whole process on how the entire Alaska Aces team got over the loss like how Filipinos grive after losing a loved one.

“The best way I could describe it is the natural grieving process. I like how things are done here in the Philippines. When someone dies, it’s one week and a lot of people pass by and it takes time because it’s hard and no one can overcome the pain overnight,” said Compton.

“In the United States, when someone dies the wake is one or two days later, then there’s a meal at the house and it’s done. That’s not natural. People need the time to grieve. At the same time, I’m really proud on how quickly my guys recovered. It’s easy to give up, be frustrated, and put your head down after that happens.”

“We’re undermanned but we were still fighting back [against Blackwater] without an import. It’s tough after a loss like that, and my job as a leader and the coach of our team is to be understanding with the guys, help them get over it, but also give them the time to grieve that and get that out of them so that they could move on to the next thing.”

Alex Compton went on to say that their successes and failures on the court are merely ‘overrated’ with the three-conference format of the PBA in place.

“I always tell our guys that our successes and our failures are both overrated. If we were champions during the Philippine Cup, we still have two more conferences to play. You have to get up and fight again. It’s like life. Sometimes tragedies happen to us, bad things happen to us, but that’s kinda how life works. I think it’s a good life lesson for us.”

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