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

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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.”