Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel head coach Tim Cone did not like the last second triple by Alaska guard Simon Enciso and showed his displeasure by walking away from Aces coach Alex Compton who was on his way to approach the league’s winning-est mentor to shake his hand.
Cone was on his way towards Compton when Encico buried the triple. He immediately turned around headed for the dugout.
The Aces were up by 23 points, 101-78, going into the final seconds of the game and Cone felt that the triple was already unnecessary.
Spurned by Cone, Compton then approached BGSM assistant coach Richard del Rosario and explained his side, citing quotient as the primary reason for the late triple.
Now, while quotient would seem like a valid reason for the Enciso basket, a look at previous games by both teams suggests otherwise.
During Alaska’s match against Phoenix, the Fuel Masters were up by 14, 94-80 with the game clock down to 24 seconds. Instead of going for the final shot however, the team now handled by former Aces assistant coach Louie Alas simply held on to the ball and let the time run out.
A 14-point winning margin is much smaller compared to 23 but for some reason Alas found it more than enough and saw no need to bury his former team in a deeper hole.
Even Calvin Abueva, the Aces’ former star now plying his wares for the Fuel Masters, was seen signalling ‘no more basket’ from the bench. The controversial Abueva was taunting his former team throughout the game but was polite and courteous enough to show his respect at the end of the match.
Prior to the game, Phoenix had a 6-1 card while Alaska, which was just playing its 3rd game of the conference, had a 2-1 win-loss record. Needless to say, the possibility of ending up tied at the end of the elimination round was there so quotient would definitely come into play.
Again, Phoenix saw no need to further pad its lead and settled for 14-point winning margin.
For its part, Brgy. Ginebra displayed the same amount of ‘respect’ against a fallen Blackwater Elite when the two teams faced each other last February 9.
Armed with an 18-point lead in the closing seconds of the game, the Kings bypassed on scoring in the team’s final possession and settled for an 85-67 victory.
Brgy. Ginebra still had 21 seconds to increase their lead for quotient purposes but decided against it and afforded their opponents the much needed courtesy.
Going back to that Enciso triple, his team was already up by 23 points, a number which would seem more than enough to establish a superior quotient over other teams. Compton, however, wanted a bigger margin and instructed his point guard to go for the shot which ultimately found its way to the bottom of the net.
In essence, Compton did not accord Cone the same amount of courtesy and respect that Alas showered him during their last meeting. Alas had a much smaller winning margin but was already satisfied with it, something Compton wasn’t even with a bigger lead.
Cone was expecting the same amount of professional courtesy that he and his team showed against Blackwater, unfortunately Compton did not oblige. The Alaska coach felt the need to bury the Kings much deeper, went for it and got it.
The question that begs to be answered now is, was it really all about the quotient, or was there something more behind it?