Looking for good news? Thailandís Mono is winless thus far vs Alab Pilipinas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 21, 2018 07:40 PM
Looking for good news? Thailand is winless thus far vs Alab
Alab Pilipinas boasts of a 2-0 record when matched up against Mono Vampire thus far in the 2017-2018 ABL

Alab Pilipinas and Mono Vampire be disputing the championship 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

More than that, though, the Philippines and Thailand will be fighting over the right to be recognized as the winningest country in the eight-year history of the regional league.

The Filipinos won it all in 2010 and 2013 while the Thais were crowned as kings in 2011 and 2014.

As far as head-to-head matchups this season go, however, Alab is the clear favorite, sweeping their two elimination round meetings.

They routed Mono, 114-87, in Bangkok early on and then edged out the very same squad, 86-84, in Bulacan later in the elims.

Add to that the fact that the Filipinos have now won seven games in a row – including a quarterfinals blanking of Saigon and a semifinals dethroning of Hong Kong – and the reasons are clear why they are the favorites.

Still, the Thais won’t be going away that easy.

And for them, the first step in a possible upset is acknowledging what they are up against.

That, they already have. As head coach Douglas Marty put it, “Now we have shifted gears to Alab, we have to come up with a good game plan and that isn’t easy to do because they’re so versatile and so strong. They’ve been the hottest team in the league since their roster was set with [Renaldo] Balkman and [Justin] Brownlee.”

Nonetheless, underdog Mono Vampire vows to be nothing but prepared to push the Philippines to the limit. “It’s gonna be a huge challenge, especially going there and playing two games in the Philippines. Our work is cut out for us, but for sure, we’ll do our best,” Marty remarked, days away from the start of the best-of-five series on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

As always, Game 1 of the 2017-2018 ABL Finals will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream.

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