Down 0-3 in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals and with the chances of winning the title continuing to get slimmer and slimmer, Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton says the best thing the team can do is to honor the game.
Reminding his wards of one of their pillars as a team, Compton said even with the squad already on the brink of defeat, the Aces will compete.
“I told the guys, the very first thing we talked about is one of our building blocks is honor. We will honor the game. We will be out there to play,” Compton said.
“It should be if San Miguel is to win the series, they have to earn it. So we will be out there and play.”
At the start of the conference, Compton bared he was taking the tournament only one step at a time, trying to push his troops to play with excellence.
“I don’t know if my approach is wrong on this, but I don’t start the conference by saying we need to win the championship. Our focus is play right on every aspect of every possession. If your aim is excellence, usually you achieve more,” he shared.
With perhaps nothing to lose against the talented San Miguel Beermen side, the Aces mentor vowed the team will never quit, even if they are a loss away from ending the season.
“My thing is, honor the game with your effort. I still believe we can win. You’re laughing, (it’s crazy) but that is just how I am. We are down 7 with 14 seconds left, I am taking a timeout.”