Alaska coach Alex Compton proud of team’s effort against defending champion San Miguel

PBA Media Bureau

Consider it vindication for coach Alex Compton.

Urging the management to re-sign Abel Galliguez, Marion Magat, and Jaypee Mendoza in the offseason, these seldom-used players repaid the Aces mentor of his faith, keeping the team afloat in their game against San Miguel on Saturday.

Without seven of its key players, Alaska still gave the two-time defending champs all it could handle before the Beermen escaped with a tough 93-88 victory.

And all the credit goes to these guys, who fought hard to support the load carried by JVee Casio, Tony dela Cruz, and rookie Carl Bryan Cruz.

“You saw all of those guys compete and contribute. I was so proud of them. The most significant minutes of their career was against the two-time defending champions,” the American coach said. –