ABL: Alab Pilipinas has nothing but respect for Mono Vampire

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 03, 2018 06:24 PM
ABL: Alab Pilipinas has nothing but respect for Mono Vampire
Newly-crowned champion Alab Pilipinas was taken to the limit by Mono Vampire

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Alab Pilipinas left no doubt in winning the championship of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

In complete control all throughout the winner-take-all Game 5 last Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex, the Filipinos left Thailand’s Mono Vampire in the dust once and for all.

Still, Philippine head coach Jimmy Alapag gave big ups to the Thais. In fact, the first words out of his mouth in his post-win interview was, “First, I’d like to just give my respect to Mono Vampire, coach [Douglas] Marty, and all of the guys there. That was a very, very good team we played against.”

He then continued, “It really took one of our best efforts of the season to pull out this win.”

Indeed, Mono gave Alab all it can handle – at one point even snatching away homecourt advantage.

Looking back at their season, Vampire head coach is nothing but proud. “It was a wonderful ride. I’m so proud of this group,” he told reporters.

He then continued, “Naturally, we wanted to win tonight so we’re disappointed, but when we look at the season as a whole and all the times we pulled together, we still had so much success.”

And for the always amiable Marty, there was no other team they would rather lose to than Alab. “We want to congratulate Alab because they’re great champions. They are a very good team and they earned that (championship) tonight,” he said.

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