MANILA, Philippines – Alaska head coach Alex Compton is expecting a drastically different game when the Aces battle the Magnolia Hotshots in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals on Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces earned a breakthrough win in the best-of-7 finals series after walloping the Hotshots in Game 3 last Sunday, 100-71, behind a 36-point explosion from import Mike Harris.
That cut Magnolia's advantage to just one game, 2-1, heading into Wednesday's crucial contest.
"Game 4, I don't think will be anything like this whatsoever," Compton said after their win.
The coach stressed that Magnolia is simply too good of a team to be blown out in consecutive games.
"They're too good, too well-coached, they're too talented, they have too much experience," said Compton, who believes that even with the loss, the Hotshots are still the team that has been "playing the best basketball in the PBA."
Thus, it will be too much to ask for another comfortable triumph in Game 4. Indeed, Compton expressed his belief that Game 3 will be the last blowout in these finals.
"I'm not into guarantees, but I can almost guarantee you that there won't be another game like this in the finals. That's what I think," he said.
"It would be great to hope that this would happen every game, that's like a fairy tale," he also said. "(But) that's not what's gonna happen."
Instead, Compton is expecting Magnolia – a team that is "full of warriors" with a great coaching staff – to come back with a vengeance on Game 4. And for that, they should be ready.
"(Magnolia) is gonna come back and bring it on Wednesday," said the Alaska coach. "And we're gonna try and come back and bring the same level of intensity and hopefully we can make some shots, and get some stops."
"But I don't expect for one minute that Game 4 will be anything like this one," he added.
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