Alaska needs extra effort to recover from two consecutive losses against powerhouse San Miguel Beer in the best-of-seven championship series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.
After losing in Game One (78-108) and Game Two (103-95), Aces head coach Alex Compton admonished his wards to avoid an endgame collapse just what happened in their second game against the Beermen.
“We really played well and doing a lot of good things in the fourth quarter, and then they [San Miguel Beer] just exploded for 25 points in six minutes. Now that’s a problem for us. I have another sleepless night,” said Compton.
The Alaska Aces were leading by five points in the middle of fourth period, when the Beermen launched an offensive capped by Marcio Lassiter’s go-ahead three-point shot in the last two-minute mark. The Aces never recovered from that point onward.
“The dilemma we have is June Mar requires attention. He’s great. Reid is a great scorer. It’s a nice combination and it causes us problems,” said Compton, a former player in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.
“I don’t think I gave our guys enough different options against their ball screen.”
Import Romeo Travis needs to deliver more in Game Three while his local teammates Calvin Abueva, RJ Jazul, Chris Banchero, Cyrus Baguio, JV Casio, Dondon Hontiveros and Vic Manuel need to be more aggressive in the next game if Alaska hope to win. Also, The 6’8 center Sonny Thoss must pit his size and strength against San Miguel Beer’s 6’10 June Mar Fajardo.
“We need to stop their shooters at any given time,” said Abueva.