As Alaska stumbled to a 0-4 record to open the 2017 Governor’s Cup, its 12th straight defeat dating back to last conference, coach Alex Compton has been the target of fans clamoring for his resignation amidst the tailspin that has led the franchise to its longest losing streak in team history.
One man however is not losing hope on the team’s current predicament. And that one man is no less than team owner Wilfred Uytengsu.
“I think we’ve been a very patient franchise,” said Uytengsu. “If you go back to the early days, if I had let former coach Tim Cone go sooner, maybe we wouldn’t have won a Grand Slam, we wouldn’t have won all those titles. The same could be said now of Alex,” he said of Compton.
“Clearly the work ethic is there, his basketball smarts are there, and his EQ (emotional quotient) as a teacher to the players is there. So no… I don’t think it’s time for a change,” added Uytengsu.
The amiable Alaska boss believes that the team’s losses were close calls and a breakthrough win would trigger the start of better things to come for the 31-year old franchise.
“We’ve got to kind of get the monkey off our back, I think that we get that first win, then I think things will change.” – Victor Adea