Saigon’s Akeem Scott on Alab: ‘We may have just lost to the champions’
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 08, 2018 01:37 PM
Even after a season-ending loss to them, Saigon's Akeem Scott has nothing but respect for Alab Pilipinas
HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – Even though his first season in the Asean Basketball League has come to a close because of Alab Pilipinas, Akeem Scott had nothing but praise for his and Saigon’s conquerors.
“Much respect to them even though I know they and their fans don’t like me much,” he beamed to reporters after Alab finished off a quarterfinals sweep of Saigon last Saturday at the CIS Arena. “You gotta try your best to fight the, but at the end of the day, you gotta respect a good team like that.”
Indeed, the American reinforcement showed nothing but a fighting spirit for the sixth-seeded Heat up against the third-seeded Filipinos.
He averaged 20.5 points, six steals, five rebounds, and four assists in nearly 38 minutes of play through two games.
Without a doubt, Scott, all 6-feet 1-inch of him, was the biggest thorn on the side of the Philippines.
At the end of the day, however, it was all for naught as Alab had all the answers for them.
And so, Scott was nothing but willing to acknowledge that the Heat fell to the better team – and maybe even the best. “We may have just lost to the champions, truthfully,” he remarked.
To win the title, the Filipinos will have to go through defending champion Hong Kong in the semifinals before a Finals date with whoever among top-seed Chong Son of China, upstart Mono of Thailand, or rival Singapore.
The heart and soul of Saigon believes they can do just that, though.
“Alab is a good team. They got a good scheme, they got a good coaching staff,” Scott shared. “They have a deep bench. They’re probably about 10 to 11 (men) deep so it’s hard to beat a team like that.”
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