MANILA, Philippines – Alaska import Cory Jefferson says the Aces remain in a good place despite suffering their third straight loss on Sunday with a 102-103 setback to Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The Aces had already climbed out of a 13-point hole and taken a six-point lead, 101-95, with three minutes remaining, but they scored only one point the rest of the way to drop the game. With the defeat, Alaska's record fell to 4-3.
"It's one of the best games we've played, although we took the loss," Jefferson said after the game. "We lost by one. We played well, we messed up some things a little bit, but other than that, we played."
"So our morale is good," he stressed. "Still plenty of games left. We can still make the playoffs. We're good."
Jefferson had a chance to win the game with 7.2 seconds left, when he received the ball and pulled up for an elbow jumper with Ginebra import Justin Brownlee defending him. His jumper barely grazed iron, and the Alaska bench was up in arms as they insisted that Brownlee had whacked Jefferson's arm as he was shooting.
However, the Alaska import refused to comment on whether he should have gotten a call on that possession.
"It just did not go our way," he said diplomatically.
He also had no regrets about taking the midrange jump shot instead of driving to the hoop for a higher-percentage look, saying: "That's my shot."
"I'll take it every day of the week," he added. "Every time we get it, I'll take that shot, no problem with it."
Jefferson finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
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