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Compton proud Alaska pushed Ginebra without injured Harris in fourth

Compton proud Alaska pushed Ginebra without injured Harris in fourth

DESPITE Alaska suffering its first defeat in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 109-101 heartbreaker to Ginebra on Sunday, coach Alex Compton remained proud of how his guys fought against the defending champions.

“They’re clearly still the team to beat in this conference,” he said.

But the Aces didn’t falter that easily, not even with import Mike Harris going down with an ankle injury that rendered him unplayable for the payoff period. And for Compton, that’s something he can take as his team embarks on a 26-day layoff.

“The one thing I did like was usually when your import goes down, the players are having a tough game. I’ve seen a lot of teams kinda fold, but we didn’t fold. We got our chances,” he said.

Alaska gave Ginebra a run for its money in the endgame, crawling back from an 11-point deficit, 73-62, and even got to as close as three numerous times in the endgame with three minutes still left to play.

However, Justin Brownlee was just too much for the Aces, going berserk and lighting up for 45 points to keep the Gin Kings unbeaten.

“I think Justin had 33 points in the second half,” the soft-spoken mentor awed. “He’s so smart and versatile, and I really thought Justin made some tough shots today. We were there, our guys did a good job on defense, and he still made it. The guy’s a special player and they deserve the win.”

Looking past the game, Compton can take solace knowing that after the first three weeks of the season-ending conference and Alaska has positioned itself in a good spot, sporting a 3-1 record heading into the long break.

“My hope is we’d be 4-0, but if we get to 3-1 against the quality teams that we’re playing, that’s a good stretch right there,” he said.

And what luxury for them to have the time to allow Harris to heal up from his injury and prepare for another go round for the remainder of their elimination schedule.

“I told him, he’s got some impeccable timing. If you choose a time to get injured, do it before a 26-day break, that’s for sure. So, he was,” Compton said with a laugh. “Things like that happen. It was a clean play, just guys spraining their ankles. Hopefully, it was just a sprain, good thing we got an awesome medical team and we’ve got 26 days.”

“If Mike was going to get injured this conference, today was the day to do it. Hopefully, he’s done getting injured.”