MANILA, Philippines - The PBA’s most successful franchise without a championship in reaching the finals in four of the last five conferences is struggling in the Governors Cup with a 2-5 record but Alaska coach Alex Compton said the other day he’s optimistic of a turnaround sooner than later.
With the league exercising nearly zero tolerance for contact, Alaska’s press isn’t as frightening as before and the Aces are giving up too many fouls in trying to adjust to the policy. As a result, Alaska is No. 1 in average fouls (31.9) and free throws allowed (33.4). In the Aces’ 106-103 loss to San Miguel Beer last Wednesday, Alaska gave up 43 foul shots of which 29 were converted.
Compton said Alaska’s defense is suffering and the stats reflect it. In the Aces’ two wins so far, they’ve yielded only 84.5 points but in their five losses, opponents scored an average of 108.8. The disparity is glaring. Clearly, if Alaska holds opponents down to 90 or less, the probability is the Aces win. But if opponents hit 100 or more, the probability is the Aces lose. The challenge is for Alaska to play consistently tough defense without giving up too many fouls.
Despite the stumble, Compton said the Aces will turn it around. “It won’t be easy but the guys are committed to defend,” he said. “We’re not defending as we should. We’re fouling 85 feet away from the basket, trying to trap and create turnovers with our press. Our defense was fine over the last six conferences but now, all of a sudden, we can’t press the way we used to. We’ve just got to adjust. The calls are the same for all teams anyway, they’ve been consistent so it’s on us to adjust.”...
Instead, the usually affable Compton simply posed a question to those who were seeking a statement from him about the game.
“I’d like to ask you guys, what’re your thoughts on the free throw disparity? What’s your opinion on that? What’s your opinion on 43 to 22?” Compton asked sportswriters....
The San Miguel Beermen defeated the LaDontae Henton-powered Alaska Aces in the PBA Governors’ Cup even without their import Arizona Reid, who was forced to sit out the game on Wednesday due to injury.
With June Mar Fajardo stepping up in the absence of Reid, the Beermen got past the Aces at the Araneta Coliseum, 106-103.
The SMB big man came up with 37 points and 14 rebounds to help San Miguel offset Henton’s 45-point performance for Alaska....
FOUR teams who were consensus preconference picks to go deep in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs, counting defending champion San Miguel Beer, plunge into action as the elimination round heads into its crucial stages at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
The Beermen, with import Arizona Reid nursing a hurting Achilles, and struggling powerhouse Alaska collide at 7 p.m.
San Miguel will be coming off just its second loss in the season-closing conference, a close 92-98 to GlobalPort last Friday when Reid first bared the injury that, he said, gives him limited movement on defense....
The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Star came back to as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Alaska closed the game out on a 10-1 run to seal the win.
Import LaDontae Henton led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks while Calvin Abueva had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||2||5||0.286|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||14||11||0.560||Runner-up|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||16||7||0.696||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||12||7||0.632||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|