ABL: Just hours after Game 4 loss, Alab already headed home to prepare for Game 5
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 30, 2018 07:43 PM
Alab Pilipinas is wasting no time in getting ready for the biggest game in franchise history
BANGKOK, THAILAND – Alab Pilipinas won’t be staying long in the place where they fell short of winning the championship in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.
“We’re outta here tonight,” head coach Jimmy Alapag told reporters after he and the Filipino team surrendered an 83-88 decision to Mono Vampire in Game 4 of the Finals on Monday at the Stadium 29 here.
With that decision, the best-of-five championship series is now all even at 2-2.
The winner-take-all Game 5 is then scheduled on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex Arena in Laguna.
The Philippines is wasting no time in getting ready for that do-or-die matchup – as after Game 5, they will only be going back to their hotels to get their things and check out.
Right after, they are boarding a plane back to Manila.
For Alab, there is no other concern other than that Game 5. “Just on to Game 5. We (wanted to go to) Thailand and get a split. We got a split,” Alapag said.
He then continued, “Now, we got Game 5 at home.”
Indeed, before travelling to Bangkok, the head coach said their primary objective is to “get one in Thailand.”
The Filipinos already did that two days ago and Game 4 was just one of their two golden opportunities to win their country’s first title since 2013.
And so, even after losing Game 4, they have another shot at a championship – and homecourt advantage is in their favor.
That is exactly why the Philippines has remained upbeat about its chances. As local standout Ray Parks Jr. put it, “We just gotta stay positive and let this one go. we came here to get a split and we got the job done.”
He then continued, “It’s just (now about) coming home and getting the championship in our home.”
As always, Game 5, tipping off at 8:00 PM, will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream.
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