Coach Cuan not about to let flames die out in Alabís season
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 03, 2017 06:52 PM
NOT TODAY. Coach Mac Cuan and all of Alab Pilipinas will go all out as they try to stay alive on Friday.
SINGAPORE – Alab Pilipinas was simply outplayed by an on-point Singapore Slingers side.
That much wasn’t lost on head coach Mac Cuan as he lamented how he and his boys failed to impose any will whatsoever on their opponents last Sunday. “I feel we went away from what we’re trying to do. We had a solid game plan and we didn’t follow it in the first half,” he said.
“When we started to follow it in the second half, we only did it for a couple of stops,” he added.
Indeed, the Filipinos erected a three-point lead after the first five minutes only to see the Slingers take control and lead by as much as 12 points. It would only go as low as four in the second quarter and five in the second half.
The final score was 77-67 in favor of Singapore, which moved on the cusp of reachng the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League Finals.
After back-to-back wins against league-leading Hong Kong and also-ran Kaohsiung to enter the playoffs on a high morale, the Philippines was on the receiving end of a rout.
Somehow, that wasn’t surprising anymore to Cuan who shared, “Sabi ko pagpasok ko (ng locker room), it’s the same story in our season – up and down, up and down.”
Alab started the season before 5-2 losing twice in three tries. They then scored two straight wins to improve to 8-4.
It was at that point that they dropped all but one of their next six outings to suddenly stand at 9-9. They then wrapped up the eliminations with the aforementioned two consecutive victories.
Now in the Final Four, the Filipinos turned in a disappointing showing – and Cuan could only state the obvious. “Yun yung story – hindi kami consistent. Yun ang lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila, dapat consistent effort,” he expressed.
Still, the mentor said he has full confidence that Alab can force a do-or-die Game 3. “I expect them to be ready in Game 2 and then to bounce back. As bad as we played – we lost Jeric and then Ray and then towards the end, Lo – we were there,” he said.
Jeric Fortuna, Ray Parks Jr., and Lo Domingo will all be good-to-go on Friday in Bulacan to prove their coach correct.
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