Alab proud to have defended home court against China’s Chong Son
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 01, 2018 02:16 PM
Alab Pilipinas is still looking to better its record at home which now stands at 2-3
Alab Pilipinas were winless in their two games playing in front of their kababayans in the Sta. Rosa Arena in Laguna.
A season ago, the Filipinos were badly beaten by Hong Kong, 61-83, and then embarrassed by Malaysia, 91-101, when those two teams visited Laguna.
The losing streak in the year-old venue looked like it may very well continue in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League with impressive rookie team and second-running Chong Son coming to town.
Indeed, Kung Fu led by as much as 11 and were still ahead by 10 early in the final frame last Wednesday until Ray Parks Jr., Josh Urbiztondo, and Justin Brownlee turned the tides in favor of the Filipinos.
In the end, the final score read 94-91 – a come-from-behind win for the Philippines over the Chinese team.
And so, the Team Philippines finally scored a victory on its homecourt in Sta. Rosa. “Ang sarap lang ng pakiramdam. Sobrang tagal na naming hinintay to e,” Parks Jr. told reporters post-game.
Head coach Jimmy Alapag could only agree. “I’m happy for our guys. I’m (happier) for our fans here at home kasi they deserve this,” he said.
He then continued, “I want the fans, especially here in Laguna, to see that this team has come a long way the past two months.”
Of course, the decision meant much more than putting an end to their jinx in Laguna.
Alab’s triumph over Chong Son was their biggest win in the tournament – stretching their streak to four in a row and inching them closer to third-running and 9-4 Mono Vampire of Thailand.
Along with that, it also marked just their second win in five games at home.
And with five of their last nine games in the elimination round slated to be on Philippine soil, Alapag is hoping that this is only the start of them making good on the home court advantage. “This team continues to work every day. They work extremely hard and they work for one another,” he said.
He then continued, “I hope our fans here at home will continue to see that.”
And so, this goes out to all the Filipinos:
Do help out your representatives in Southeast Asia’s professional league when they host games against Mono on February 7, against Taiwanese team Formosa Dreamers on February 18, against Vietnam’s Saigon Heat on March 14, against CLS of Indonesia on March 21, and again against the Indonesian Knights on March 25.
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