“The thing is, our hearts are on the right places, but we need to be mentally sharper and relaxed.”Alaska allowed Magnolia to shoot 11-of-26 from distance with Paul Lee playing the main gunner for the Hotshots.Lee finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, and six assists and went 6-of-8 from deep, including a dagger with 3:26 left that gave Magnolia a 103-92 lead.“We obviously have to be way sharper, we had 22 turnovers, a ton of missed free throws, missed rotations on defense that gave them easy layups, and too much Paul Lee,” said Compton.Magnolia capitalized on Alaska’s miscues scoring 22 points off turnovers while scoring 46 points in the shaded area.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Healthy again, Paul Lee leads way for Hotshots Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We came in the game and really forgot some of our fundamental stuff defensively,” said Compton Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “In the second quarter, we gave up a ton of layups. I don’t like to call timeouts to stop the bleeding, but there were so many fundamental things that we had to correct.”Alaska had a respectable 22-12 lead midway through the first quarter but the Hotshots slowly chipped it away and managed to take the 36-35 bubble at the 6:56 mark of the second period after a 24-13 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMagnolia then, ended the second period on a 15-5 run for a 57-47 lead heading into the break.“We don’t usually lose our defensive intensity, on offense we rush sometimes, we get too excited,” said Compton. “As a whole team, we were all so amped up, and that’s the sort of a theme we had in the pre-season.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES There were a lot of things that Alaska can point to when it lost 108-95 to Magnolia in its PBA Philippine Cup opener, but for head coach Alex Compton it boiled down to the very basic.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson
Mourinho might be available, and the chants from the club’s fans during their defeat to Norwich made it clear the Portuguese coach would be a welcome figure in Manchester. But what would he bring?Mourinho isn’t an attacking coach, he falls out often with players that challenge his authority, and his record of promoting youth players is dire. Not to mention his impossible-to-ignore third season syndrome. Is this really the man you want? Van Gaal isn’t a likeable character, with his autocratic style a major turn off at times, but there’s something about him that’s suited to Old Trafford. Maybe it’s his craving for power.For the past few weeks, and for the first time since his arrival, I can almost sympathise with Van Gaal; the chants from United’s own fans since Jose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea will have even hurt his tough heart. He was right to cut short his latest press conference and to sarcastically wish everyone a Merry Christmas. During and after Manchester United’s defeat to Norwich City, the hashtag #LVGOUT was trending and subsequently various reports have stated the Dutchman is now walking on eggshells as far as his job is concerned.What’s wrong with you?So going out of the Champions League was tough to stomach, the style of play has been dreary, and all in all there has been little to cheer about over the past five months.But, so what? It happens.United are not a club in crisis, they are a club just nine points off top spot and going through a challenging spell, as most do at some stage in a campaign. If you want to know what a crisis really is, head over to Stamford Bridge. 5 5 5 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 5 5 The former Netherlands manager has been slightly more defensive in his approach, and cries of ‘attack, attack, attack’ may be just; but he cannot be entirely at fault for their performances. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial were kicking a ball long before they reached double digits – are United supporters suggesting Van Gaal’s coaching has limited such players to the extent that they have suddenly forgotten where the goal is? Please. The Old Trafford faithful were spoiled under Sir Alex Ferguson, but the simple fact of the matter is that towards the end of the Scot’s reign, their squad was alarmingly average. However, there has been no better manager at getting the best out of even the most ordinary of players and there may never be again.The concern now is that no coach will ever satisfy the club’s supporters; they want picture-perfect success and they are beginning to demand it now.Crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage does hurt, but their exit was far from unpredictable. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City could all have gone out at the same stage this season – a little luck, though, was on their side. And perfection in the Premier League simply isn’t possible, with the billions now being pumped into the top flight equipping those around them with the tools to significantly increase the quality in their respective ranks.It might be a cliché, but anyone really can beat anyone.And this is why the Premier League is the best competition in the world. United’s back-to-back defeats to newly-promoted Bournemouth and the Canaries isn’t good enough, but it’s not the end of the world. With little over a season-and-a-half to run on his contract, why can’t Van Gaal be judged then?This habit of crying out and demanding a manager’s head has to stop; it’s spoiling the rhythm of our beautiful game and is painting a poor – and almost embarrassing – picture of our beloved Premier League. The reality remains that the elusive 21st title could still arrive at the Theatre of Dreams, sooner rather than later.And Van Gaal could be the man to deliver it, even if it isn’t pretty.Leicester City will slip up…right?