Under Alapag, Alab will be a team with ‘great work ethic’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 15, 2017 07:29 PM
Under Alapag, Alab will be a team with ‘great work ethic’
WATCH ME WORK. New head coach Jimmy Alapag will combine all he had learned from former mentors Norman Black, Derrick Pumaren, and Chot Reyes.

Jimmy Alapag is the new head coach for Alab Pilipinas.

Yes, the same Jimmy Alapag highly-regarded for his basketball IQ as well as his long-range marksmanship when he was starring in the PBA and captaining the national team.

And apparently, those two parts of the game will be central in the coaching philosophy he will be instilling into the Filipinos’ representatives in the Asean Basketball League. As he put it, “I think fans can expect guys who have a great work ethic. That’s the foundation for any successful player and team.”

He also added, “I also hope that we’re a very good perimeter shooting team. One of the plans is to incorporate lots of shooting in our training.”

With that foundation, the first-time head coach believes the Philippines will be nothing but equipped for a championship campaign in the looming 2017-2017 ABL. “I believe going into our second season, yung goal namin is to compete for the championship. Last year, they were really close to being in the Finals,” he said.

He then continued, “Hopefully, this season, we’ll get there and bring [home] the first championship for Alab.”

A season ago, Alab ended third-place and earned the local MVP for Ray Parks Jr.

As for the rest of his coaching philosophy, Alapag said he will be combining all that he had learned from the coaches who have taught him through the years. “I’ve been very, very fortunate in my career to play for different coaches – coach Chot (Reyes), coach Norman (Black), coach Derrick (Pumaren), even coach Tim (Cone) when he was helping Gilas. We’re talking about some Hall of Fame-level coaches,” he said.

He then continued, “I’d like to get bits and pieces from those guys. In the end, I just wanna encourage our guys to come in and get ready to work.”

The Alapag-guided Filipinos will once again see action in the ABL commencing later in the year. All of the action will still be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/abl.

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