ABL: No trouble as Jordan helps out Alab Pilipinas in tune-up
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 23, 2018 04:41 PM
PJ Ramos, Renaldo Balkman, and the rest of Alab Pilipinas were put to the test by Jordan's national team (FILE PHOTO)
The fight was to the finish between Alab Pilipinas and Jordan’s national team – and this time, the full game got played.
Just two days after their tune-up against Gilas Pilipinas was cut short, the Jordanians edged out the reigning and defending champions of the Asean Basketball League, 70-66, on Friday at the Kerry Sports Gym in Taguig.
Zaid Abbas proved to bring the difference for Jordan, hitting a booming triple and then a backbreaking short stab to put his team up, 67-64, with 67 ticks to go on the clock.
The Filipinos had more than a few tries at tying the tally, but back-to-back turnovers dashed their hopes for once and for all.
With that, the Jordanians have registered a record of 2-1 up against Gilas, twice, and Alab, once, in the span of five days.
Unlike their most recent matchup with the Philippine national team, however, there weren’t any sweet nothings exchanged between the two coaches.
Just last Wednesday, Jordan fell to Gilas, 73-82, even as the full game did not get played as the former’s coach Joseph Stiebing got into it with the latter’s coach Yeng Guiao.
This time around, though, Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag was nothing but appreciative of what transpired. “We’re here to play basketball. At the end of the day, Jordan is here to help us in our preparation,” he said post-game.
He then continued, “At the same time, we’re here to help them in theirs.”
Of course, being at the losing end, Coach Jimmy had many, many pointers for improvement for the defending champions who are two weeks away from their season opener. “I thought, from an effort standpoint, our effort was great. At the same time, this being our first tune up game, it shows we got a lot of work to do,” he shared.
He then continued, “This tune up game gives the coaches the chance to look at the tape and see what we can improve on. I’m still very much excited for our guys.”
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