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Compton admits GlobalPort downed Alaska "fair and square"

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Alaska coach Alex Compton expressed to the press his concession of his club's loss to GlobalPort in the first game of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Monday night.

"Fair and square, they just beat us. They did a great job," the mentor said after the Aces bowed down to the Batang Pier, 93-107.

Compton then rued the misses from the charity stripe that haunted his team all game long.

"We missed a ton of free throws," he described Alaska's 15 muffed free throws out of 33 overall.

He also thought the sluggish performance by the Aces came at an ironic moment, confirming a fear he had during his team's long break.

"I was telling my wife, my brother, and my coaches that I was scared coming to this game because we had back-to-back great practices. It was kinda funny," Compton bared.

But for him, it was a sigh of relief that the series is a best-of-seven showdown unlike what GlobalPort had to go through to set up a meeting with his squad, one of the two outright semifinalists after the eliminations.

Compton further said, "Thank God we were not in a knockout game. Getting the top two spots is a big thing, because if we go out flat in a game like this, we are done."

Alaska looks to bounce back from the blowout loss on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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