Cuan says Alab ‘in the head’ of Singapore ahead of their semis series
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 22, 2017 01:49 PM
MIND GAMES. Mac Cuan and the rest of Alab Pilipinas love their chances against Singapore in the semifinals.
Losing five of their last six, Alab Pilipinas had everything to play for in their matchup against league-leading Hong Kong last Sunday.
And the sense of urgency was evident from the get-go as the Filipinos went right at the Eastern Long Lions who were, in essence, only playing for bragging rights but were nonetheless as game as ever.
In the end, the Philippines finally found an answer for the league’s pacesetters and pulled off a much-needed 82-75 win.
Nothing but satisfied with that kind of performance that has been missing for a while now, a beaming coach Mac Cuan expressed afterward, “I loved the effort. Kita niyo naman, there were even players diving on the floor.”
Along with stopping a three-game slide, the decision also formally forged a semifinals duel with second-seeded Singapore. “This is a great win to get our minds right for the playoffs as we start preparing for it,” the coach said.
And in terms of preparations, Cuan said all of them in Alab believe that they have the upper hand against the Slingers even without homecourt advantage. “We love our chances. In, fact I think we are in their head because they’re trying to avoid us in the semis,” he shared.
The young mentor then went on to point out how Singapore has dropped back-to-back games to now fourth-seeded Saigon. “They let Saigon beat them in their last two games by not playing (imports) (Justin) Howard and then (Xavier) Alexander). They (Singapore) helped them (Saigon) get wins to overtake us, but too bad for them because we still control our gate,” he said.
The Filipinos split their four games against the Slingers in the elimination round. Without a doubt, that 2-2 record is better than the 1-3 standing they have up against Hong Kong.
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