For the second straight game, Alaska came up with a great defensive effort, something that pleased its head coach, Alex Compton.
After giving up an average of 107.3 points per game over the first three games of the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals, the Aces have been much stingier in the last two contests.
They allowed only 99 points in Game 4 and followed that up with an even better showing on Sunday, limiting Rain or Shine to a mere 78 points as they made it back-to-back wins and trimmed their series deficit, 3-2.
“Our last two wins was like the team that I know. I just want us to play this way,” Compton told.
“This was another proud moment for me and the guys.”
Compton made his disappointment known following their loss in Game 3, which put them on the brink of elimination.
But his Aces seemed to have found their groove and they’ve done it by going back to what they know best. In this conference, they have won 11 of their 13 games in which they held their opponents’ to under 100 points.
Alaska held Rain or Shine, a potent offensive team, to its lowest output in over a year. They kept the Elasto Painters’ fast-paced running game in check, allowing only two fastbreak points in Game 5. The Aces held their foes to 42-percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers.
Import Rob Dozier had three steals and three blocks in the game.