SINGAPORE — Alab Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan is encouraged by how Kiefer Ravena seamlessly adopted to the team's system after just one game in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
Ravena scored a team-high 16 points in a 67-77 loss to the Singapore Slingers and Cuan felt the former UAAP star's arrival didn't disturb the flow of Alab's offensive and defensive schemes.
“Hindi naman affected ‘yung flow. That was also a concern because we didn’t have a day’s practice na kumpleto kami. We didn’t have a day of practice na kumpleto kami. But Kiefer played well and he was playing within the system,” said Cuan.
But even with Ravena's arrival, Cuan said he will still be leaning on the entire team when Alab looks to stave off elimination in Game Two at the Baliwang Star Arena in Baliwag, Bulacan.
Cuan said it's not chemistry - or the lack of it - but defensive blunders that cost Alab in Game One.
“It’s not about what we did on offense or how we are meshing as a group. It’s really missed assignments defensively. We weren’t disciplined enough to play defense,” said Cuan.
“I just felt we want away from what we were trying to do. We lost discipline on defense. We didn’t pay attention to details.
“We had a solid game plan but we didn’t follow it in the first half. When we started to follow it in the second half, we did it for a couple of stops but the problem was on offense. We were not patient enough.”