Will Alab Pilipinas be rooting for Hong Kong against China’s Chong Son?

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 26, 2018 05:32 PM
Will Alab Pilipinas be rooting for HK against Chong Son?
To get a top two seed for the playoffs, Alab Pilipinas will have to rely on a team that swept them in the eliminations

Taking care of their own business last Sunday, Alab Pilipinas just need one more thing to happen to claim the two-seed in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

In the elimination round-ending matchup between China’s Chong Son and Hong Kong, both 14-5, on Wednesday, the Filipinos are hoping for a win by the latter.

An Eastern win would give them the one-seed, give the Filipinos the two-seed, and give Kung Fu the three-seed.

A Chong Son win, on the other hand, would give them the one-seed, give Hong Kong the two-seed, and give the Philippines the three-seed.

And so, Alab will have to root for the team which had swept them in the eliminations – if they want the second spot and the automatic advance into the semifinals it entails. “I hope we get the number two spot so we can rest a little bit and maka-recover sina [Renaldo] Balkman and Josh [Urbiztondo] going to the playoffs,” Pao Javelona said.

He then continued, “As coach Jimmy [Alapag] said, we need everyone going to the playoffs.”

In their head-to-head matchups thus far, Kung Fu owns a 2-1 edge over Eastern.

Whatever happens, however, the Filipinos remain confident they can take on any opponent across them. “Kampi tayo sa Hong Kong sa Wednesday, pero either way, we’re good. Ang importante, we’re playing well,” assistant coach Mcc Cuan said.

Ray Parks Jr. could only agree. “We’ll be ready for whichever outcome. Let God’s plan prevail,” he said.

Indeed, with a 38-point win to end the elims and with players like Pao Javelona and Pamboy Raymundo ready and raring to step up, Alab will be a force to reckon with for any among Chong Son, Hong Kong, Thailand’s Mono, Singapore, or Vietnam’s Saigon.

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