Aces head coach Alex Compton's was left disappointing with his side's effort after losing 107-93 to GlobalPort in the PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals on Monday.
Terrence Romeo was the star of the show for GlobalPort, scoring 41 points to hand his side the victory in the first game of the series.
"Apparently, the defensive game plan was to get out of the way and clap when Terrence makes a shot. I'll be up all night watching us," Compton said.
"We have a few different defenses and guys to throw at him and I thought our lack of talk on defense, I didn't hear us out today. I couldn't figure out why the leading scorer of the league is that open. That was not the gameplan. He just brought the ball down the middle and nobody picked him up. I was very disappointed at that."
Despite being critical of his side's defensive formations during the match, Compton was full of praise for GlobalPort and its star guard.
"We have to be better defensively, but if we're great defensively, maybe we'll only hold him to 30 (points). He's a tremendous talent. It's because he's really good," Compton added.
"They deserve all the credit. They played really well. They beat us fair and square. They did an excellent job in maximizing their talent, and I don't think coach Pido (Jarencio) don't get enough credit in maximizing his talent, putting his players in a position to be successful, and really, guys embracing their roles. They did a good job and they were solid."
The defeat was the Aces' first match in two weeks having secured their semi-final berth a fortnight ago, but Compton refused to blame rustiness for their sub-par performance.
"It's my first time to be in this, and I was telling people that I was scared coming to this game because we had back-to-back great practices. Not solid, not good, but great practices. Most of the time in teams that I've been in, when we had great practices, they come out flat. And I think we felt too good of ourselves. I even thought we got better with our practices," he said.
"Though it's hard to say if the layoff affected us, it wasn't due to a lack of energy in our practices. GlobalPort beat us and they deserve it."