ALAB Pilipinas head coach Mac Cuan said the lopsided defeat to Hong Kong Eastern showed the team has much to do to get to the top, citing unpreparedness and overconfidence among other things that led to their win streak getting halted at three in the Asean Basketball League.
“It’s just something that will wake us up na we are not yet that good. Maybe the three-game winning streak got into our head. I believe things happen for a reason. Maybe this happened to wake us up na masyado na kayong kumpiyansa,” said Cuan.
Hong Kong upped its win-loss mark to 6-2, while Alab fell to 5-3 but remained third in the team standings.
Cuan took the blame and vowed to quickly get the team back on track. Alab next takes on the Saigon Heat on Friday.
“I’ll take the blame. We will go back to the drawing board and prepare them next game,” said Cuan.
“We were not ready to play. Start of the game, we got our ass kicked. Plain and simple. We can’t make an open shot. We just lost and they were the better team tonight,” he added.
Against an Alab side that struggled on defense, ABL scoring leader Marcus Elliott came up with a game-high 27 points for the Long Lions. Thai-American import Tyler Lamb had 23 points, going 5 for 8 from the 3-point line.
“I just said na we are better than this. This is not us. We are too passive, we are too relaxed, and I didn’t see the fire. Ang sabi ko, we will win on defense. Our strength is also their strength so we have to make stops,” Cuan said.