Alaska head coach Alex Compton had only one request heading to their final game of the elimination round of the 2017 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup. He did not ask for the best game of the Aces this conference. He did not ask even ask for a win. He only wished to have his team back.
For the first 38 minutes of the game, Compton got his old team back and then they fell to the same problems that have ailed them during this ongoing freefall.
Alaska allowed Star to creep back into the game and although they did their best to recover, there was no stopping the Hotshots after they gained momentum as they grabbed a 102-98 victory, Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Ratliffe struggled in the first half along with the rest of his team but he came alive in the second half and in the overtime period as he finished with a monstrous stat line with 35 points, 28 rebounds, and 5 blocks.