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    Cuan wants to see locals grow in confidence as Alab seeks end to Slingers curse

    Jan 12, 2017
    Val Acuna was big off the bench for Alab in the win over Kaohsiung on Sunday. Photo from ABL

    ALAB Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan hopes to continue to get more production from his locals as the Philippine side seeks to put an end to its winless spell against Singapore Slingers on Friday night in the Asean Basketball League at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

    Alab got vital contributions from his locals aside from Bobby Ray Parks in its last outing - none bigger than Val Acuna who finished with 10 points and three rebounds in the Philippine side’s 86-77 road win over the Kaohsiung Truth last Sunday.

    Robby Celiz also dished off quality minutes, finishing with six points in only 14 minutes, while Jeric Fortuna scored the three points that finished off the Truth - and wrapped up Alab's third win in five outings.

    Fortuna also had four rebounds and three assists.

    Cuan looks to see that same kind of consistency in the game against the Slingers, the number one team in the league with a 7-1 win-loss slate. The Singapore-based team has also beaten Alab twice in as many meetings this season.

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    “It’s really just getting their confidence and knowing to take their shots,” Cuan said.

    As Alab face the Slingers for the third time this season, Cuan said he is encouraging his players to make good decisions by taking open shots instead of committing a mistake on the court.

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    “If they are open, shoot it. I’m not the kind of coach na magagalit if you don’t hit the shot. Mas magagalit ako na you are open and you don’t take the shot or you commit a turnover. I want to see them take an attempt rather than turn the ball over,” Cuan said.

    Alab is looking to defend home court once again after they bowed to Singapore in their opening game, 71-66, last November 27 at the Biñan venue.

    But with the win in Kaohsiung, Cuan hopes his team continues to improve going forward in this long ABL season.

    “More familiarity. Hopefully, tuluy tuloy na magka-amuyan sila,” said Cuan.

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    Val Acuna was big off the bench for Alab in the win over Kaohsiung on Sunday. Photo from ABL
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