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Despite 5th straight loss, Cariaso winning way on its way for Alaska


Alaska coach Jeff Cariaso prefers to look at the bright side of what was by far the best game the Aces since he took over the reins.

“This was a positive step forward for us,” said Cariaso after the Aces fell to defending PBA Governors Cup champion Magnolia on Sunday, 95-90, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“You have to take the positive about what happened tonight. If we continue staying disciplined, if we continue staying together no matter what happens, I think susunod na yung mga wins.”

It was the fifth straight loss for the Aces, but it was also the closest they got to pull off a win.

The Aces crawled their way back from as much as a 15-point deficit in the second quarter but failed to deliver when it matters the most, giving the Hotshots their third straight victory for a 3-1 record.

“When it’s a close game, and for you to have a chance down the stretch, you have to be able to be near perfect. Again with the mistakes that we made defensively, I think that really hurt us. Missed free throws, missed box-outs. Those things that all teams talk about all the time, we didn’t do well tonight,” said the Alaska mentor.

“If we did that a little bit better, baka may chance kaming nanalo.”