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Uytengsu’s take on Aces’ championship run

Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton usually deflects the credit of his team’s good performance to the management of the franchise. But the team owner of the Aces thinks otherwise regarding his trusted deputy.

“Alex is one of the most humble people I’ve ever met,” said Wilfred Uytengsu on Compton’s act of humility by giving credit to his staff, players, and especially to the management. “He means it, he’s not saying it, not just porma lang,” he added.

Uytengsu commended the current chief of his team for his great communication skills on and off the court. He sees Compton’s way of speaking as a huge part of Alaska’s return to the championship series.

“He also deserves a lot of the credit. He always sees the good in people and tries bring out the best in them,” quipped Uytengsu on how Compton has to be commended on his great head coaching performance despite being in the position for just his second straight conference.

Seeing a huge improvement in the players’ intensity during games, Uytengsu said he attributes those to Compton’s great personality. Also, he cited that every player is willing to step up their game for the team.

“All we did is to give him (Alex Compton) an opportunity, we opened the door and now he is taking advantage of it,” added Uytengsu, expressing his happiness to Compton’s response to the opportunity given to him.

After multiple failed attempts to land a finals seat, Uytengsu’s franchise finally made it through tough playoff competition to give themselves a chance to bring home another crown. He had a few words of fulfillment for his wards saying, “We’re pleased [with] what the team has done.”

“We’re all happy to be in the finals but we’re not satisfied. We’ll only be satisfied when we win (the championship),” said the long-time PBA team owner.

With Alaska having to overcome a twice-to-beat disadvantage after dropping to a 2-3 hole, this team knows what they need to do to satisfy their team owner.

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