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October 22, 2020

Philippine Basketball: Why Alaska Aces were losing

They had a bad start and played the worst game against the Barangay Ginebra. That game was worst from the start to finish. They never made a good run, the lead never trimmed to a single digit.

Here are the reasons why Alaska is losing badly.

Necessary Adjustments

The coach is new so the system will be automatically changed. It’s hard to learn right away which less than a month. The play they will set up, the defenses they need to learn. With Alex Compton, they used the full-court pressure. With Jeff Cariaso, they tend to play man to man. With new players like Abu Tratter who played significant minutes is still adjusting. Cariaso is yet to find the perfect fit for his best five to stay on the court.

Justine Watts

The import arrived late and don’t have enough time to know his teammates. He just played two tune-up games. Justin Watts doesn’t have confidence with his teammates. It was shown on his numbers as he took 53 shots in two games and 5 assists. Plus the physicality of the league he is yet to adjust. Because of it, he is settled too much on a long jump shot.


Prior to the start of the conference, the Aces had injuries with Maverick Ahinmisi. Then Jeron Teng and Kevin Racal, add with Noy Baclao. These guys were a rotation player, Ahinmisi was a big-time one. Jeron Teng is an upcoming all-star, while Racal is a role player. Not Baclao was a huge loss in the middle his defense was missed a lot. He is the tallest guy who can alter shots or give Alaska a second chance opportunity.

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