|Chris Banchero, Alaska's top playmaker right now, committed seven of the team's 26 errors in Game 2. PBA Media Group|
By Ivan Saldajeno
QUEZON CITY--Alex Compton thought Alaska came out to play in Game 2 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night unlike how the team performed in Game 1 two nights ago.
"I felt like our team is better today," Compton said. "I felt like we showed up today, and I felt like we didn't show up for Game 1."
He then described, "I definitely felt we were better defensively. I felt like we were active. It was more like us."
As an example, Compton added, "If we take away Rafi [Reavis'] quotient dunk there in the end, we held them to 75 points."
However, the Aces turned the ball over 26 times, 20 off the Hotshots' steals and 15 in the second half.
Worse, the Hotshots held them scoreless in the final 4:55 of the game and only six points all fourth quarter long, and the Hotshots eventually prevailed over the Aces to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
"That's just huge," Compton rued.
The most crucial turnover for Alaska was when Romeo Travis simply picked Simon Enciso's inbound pass that deprived the team of possibly its best chance to either force overtime or even take the win.
"We still had timeouts to take. They just switched the screen. That was painful," Compton further rued.
Taking into consideration that Alaska committed 25 errors on Wednesday night, he thought that the too much turnovers for his team was "the prime story of the first two games of this series."
That is why Compton is expecting a more serious practice on Saturday ahead of the now must-win Game 3 the night after at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.
"I hope--I'm talking about my guys--they're gonna be ready for tomorrow. They better be ready for us to work tomorrow, 'coz we will keep working this whole series," he said in conclusion.
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