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Compton says every game vs Phoenix feels like a ‘family reunion’

Compton says every game vs Phoenix feels like a ‘family reunion’

FOR coach Alex Compton, Calvin Abueva is just another addition to what is an ‘extension’ of the Alaska family.

The Aces mentor refused to be drawn into the hype involving the team’s first PBA game against its former star, and instead, referred to their Governors Cup game against the Phoenix Fuel Masters as sort of a ‘family reunion.’

As per his own count, Compton said there are six former Alaska personnel who are now with the Fuel Masters, including Abueva.

“I love RJ Jazul. I love Jaypee Mendoza. I love Calvin. I love Bugs (Paolo Bugia), I love coach Louie (Alas), I love coach Topex (Robinson). That’s six guys that we have good relationships with,” he pointed out.

“What it feels like to me every time we play Phoenix is it feels like a family reunion. We’re gonna go at it, we’re gonna play a game in the backyard and it’s gonna be intense, gonna play hard because that’s what we gonna do,” added Compton. “But then these are people that you have long standing relationships with and that you care about.”

The Aces did things as perceived by their coach and came away with a 108-97 win that clinched for them solo top spot with a 3-0 record.

Abueva got his usual numbers of 18 points, nine rebounds, and threw in some of his old antics in between. But Compton doesn’t see any problem with that, sayiing, ‘Calvin is Calvin.’

Again, he stressed the game is not between one man opposite the entire Alaska team.

“For me, it’s just us playing basketball against a team playing basketball. They’re playing well. They have six guys that I got to share a lot of memories and battles with that I’ll take to my grave and care about,” said the Alaska coach.

“So I don’t go into a game and make the game about one guy, because the last I checked, basketball is a team sport.”