Alaska coach Alex Compton has good reason to be in panic mode.
After a flying start, the Aces suddenly turned from playoff contender to also-ran in losing their next three to the Hotshots, NLEX Road Warriors and TNT KaTropa by an average margin of 17 points
Afterall, the Aces have lost their last three games and worse, are in danger of missing the playoffs.
Any way you look at it, its not an encouraging sign.
At best, Compton could only hope the struggling Aces would be able to regain their deadly form and rediscover how to win in the nick of time.
The Aces are currently tied with Magnolia Pambansang Manok for eighth and ninth place with a 3-5 (win-lost) record.
Now they are hard-pressed to win their last three elimination round assignment against the Meralco Bolts, San Miguel Beermen and NorthPort Batang Pier.
"That Meralco game is huge if we want to make the quarterfinals," Compton said. "Then there's San Miguel which has been okay, I think they've won seven championships or something in the past few years.
"And then you got NorthPort that had a couple of bad bounces here and there. I mean, if couple of things go their way, they've been in the top right now," he added.
Alaska takes on Meralco on March 20, San Miguel on March 24 and NorthPort on March 27, all at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
For Compton, it is important for the Aces to prepare for the difficult stretch ahead and do the things that made them successful.
Alaska has been besieged by injuries to Vic Manuel, Jvee Casio and Kevin Racal this conference.
"Hopefully we get healthy and get back to who we are and how we play," said Compton. (JT)