Must-win game for fizzling Alab Pilipinas against furious Hong Kong

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 19, 2017 10:59 AM
Must-win game for fizzling Alab Pilipinas against furious HK

Alab Pilipinas have already clinched a playoff berth in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.

Still, for a team that has lost five of its last six, the Filipinos’ remaining assignments in the elimination round are must-win.

That is even truer on Sunday at the USEP Gym in Davao City when the Philippines seeks revenge against a Hong Kong side which has just dominated it thus far.

Alab want nothing more than to avoid being swept by the Eastern Long Lions at 8:00 PM. All of the action will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE.

Also with 7-10 Saigon breathing down its neck for the third-seed, the game is must-win for the Filipinos.

That’s easier said than done, however, as Hong Kong has registered a 16 point average margin of victory in their previous three meetings. At 15-3 and already the top-seed, the league-leaders still have something to play for as they are coming off an upset at the hands of the Heat.

Looking to pull off its own upset is 9-9 Philippines which only clinched a playoff berth thanks to losses by teams below it. Nonetheless, Ray Parks Jr. and company are confident they can send the Long Lions to what-would-be their first losing skid in the season.


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