ABL: Mono coach: ‘We’d love to get a ticket back to the Philippines’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 29, 2018 05:21 PM
ABL: Mono coach: ‘We’d love to get a ticket back to PH’
Head coach Douglas Marty and Mono Vampire are, of course, nothing but determined to send the Finals series back to the Philippines

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Alab Pilipinas travelled here with the primary objective of making sure that the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals will go back to the Philippines.

“Get one in Thailand – that’s our whole focus. We will try to get one on Saturday and give ourselves an opportunity to bring it back home,” Filipino head coach Jimmy Alapag said after they dropped Game 2 at home four days ago.

Come Saturday, the Philippines did what it was supposed to do, winning Game 3 99-93 and taking back homecourt advantage.

Now, best-case scenario, they win the championship in Game 4 on Monday. Or, worst-case scenario, they fly back home to host Game 5 on Wednesday.

The tables have turned and both momentum and homecourt advantage are with Alab.

The tables have turned and the primary objective of winning in Thailand is with Mono Vampire. “Game 5 doesn’t exist. There’s no reason to think about two games because it all comes down to Monday,” always amiable mentor Douglas Marty shared.

He then continued, “We’d love to get a ticket back to the Philippines.”

Fortunately for their faithful, they remain upbeat they can do just that. “I believe in our team. We’ve been resilient all season,” Marty said.

He then continued, “We’re here for a reason. We belong here. I still believe we can win the championship.”

And for the head coach, that belief is rooted upon the fact that Mono took the long and winding road to get here. “We can do it because of past experience where we’ve always responded. We know the challenge is big, but we like that,” he shared, full of confidence.

Fourth-seeded Vampire got the better of fifth-seeded Singapore in the quarterfinals before also sweeping top-seed Chong Son of China in the semifinals. Then in the championship round, they stole Game 2 from home team Alab.

Without a doubt, they know how to overcome the odds when Game 4 tips off on Monday at 4:30 PM (Philippine time). As always, all of the action will still be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream.


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