COACH Mac Cuan hopes to get full effort from Alab Pilipinas players in the coming games after they paid the price for leaving it late before staging a rally.
Cuan insists he was happy with the players’ performance even as they bowed to Asean Basketball League Tailender Westports Malaysia.
“I’m happy with the effort they showed in the fourth quarter. I just told them, we should have given the same effort from the start,” Cuan said.
Alab trailed by as many as 16 points but fought back and even took command, 77-73, entering the two-minute mark of the match. The Dragons came up with the big shots in the clutch, however, and came up with a 79-77 victory.
James Hughes, one of Alab’s two world imports, was not able to join the road game due to issues with his passport.
Alab dropped its record to 8-5 but stayed in third place even with the loss to the Dragons (3-10).
“Everything was against us. We didn’t have James and there were questionable calls late in the game. We still had a chance to win the game. I don’t mind losing if we showed that kind of effort.
“We gave it our all,” said Cuan.
Alab is preparing to play three games in eight days including two straight games against Saigon Heat on Sunday and Monday.
“We really need to manage their rests,” said Cuan.