ABL Finals: Coach Jimmy will have Alab at its best vs. Mono Vampire
Paul Lintag on Apr 20, 2018 09:39 AM
Jimmy Alapag's San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas got fortunate to have homecourt advantage in the ABL Finals however, it doesn't mean his team drew an easier opponent.
Jimmy Alapag is never the type to choose his playoff opponents.
He just goes up against whoever that is in front of him.
And as his first very Finals opponent as head coach has been finally decided, Coach Jimmy's preparations take a more serious turn.
His San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas got fortunate to have homecourt advantage in the ABL Finals; however, it doesn't mean his team drew an easier opponent.
After all, it was Alab that took out the defending champion Hong Kong Eastern but it was Thailand's Mono Vampire that swept this season's top seed.
"I've learned that basketball gods don't like it when you pick opponents," Alapag said on his Finals matchup.
"[With Mono] You got a 7'5" [import] in [Sam] Deguara. [Michael] Singletary, another big time scorer. You got [Jason] Brickman, who I've been a big fan of for a long time, just how he controls the game. It's important for us that we're playing our best basketball," he added.
As the Finals near, Alapag is looking at his wards to continue with the effort that allowed to go from 0-3 in the standings to the Finals.
Alapag has a gritty group of players and he expects them to stand tough against an equally-gritty Mono Vampire.
"When we were down, and people were looking at us and saying last in the ABL, it was their effort, their commitment every day to fight, scratch, and claw our way out of it," he said.
"I’m just really proud of the guys’ effort. From our early struggles, it was tough. [Because of] our chemstiry, our guys really believed that we could get in the end. And that has been my message since the beginning, try to keep working every day to try to give us an opportunity until the end," Alapag added.
Catch Game 1 of the ABL Finals on April 22, Sunday, 8 PM LIVE on S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166 and via livestream.
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