ALAB Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan bared that his players almost came to blows in practice following their blowout loss to Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, but was happy to see his wards vent their ire on Saigon Heat in their Asean Basketball League match on Friday at the Olivarez College Gym.
Cuan said his team was determined to bounce back after suffering a 93-80 loss to Hong Kong Eastern, their worst loss of the season, last Sunday that practice sessions got intense following the defeat to the Long Lions. So intense, in fact, that their first few practices got too heated.
"The whole week, kita 'yung focus at intensity. First two practices, nagkakasakitan na kami. Muntik na nga magsuntukan. Everybody is frustrated and everybody wants to bounce back. It was a good sign," said Cuan.
The Philippine-based side did atone for the defeat as Alab downed Saigon Heat, 99-77, in a sizzling shooting display before their home fans.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led the way for Alab Pilipinas against Saigon as he scored 35 points on 8-of-8 from three-point range, a league record, to improve their record to 6-3.
"I could see that he wanted to get back and bounce back after that loss from Hong Kong," said Cuan.
Cuan noted the importance of Alab's match against Saigon, a team that is at the bottom of the team standings.
"I challenged the players to show up. Last game, they didn't show up. I told them before the game that this is a character game for us. After being blown out like that, if we don't show who is real Alab Pilipinas. We don't have business being here,” he said
"I think they accepted the challenge and they responded," added Cuan.