SINGAPORE — Alab Pilipinas seeks a third straight win as it plays its first road game on Sunday in the Asean Basketball League against the Singapore Slingers at the OCBC Arena.
The Bobby Ray Parks-led squad looks to close in on the leaders before the team takes a break for the holidays.
The match is set at 4 p.m.
Alab enters the game in third place at 2-1 behind Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions (4-0) and the Slingers (3-1).
Alab Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan knows Filipinos are supportive of the Philippine squad having been an assistant coach of San Miguel Beer in 2013 and he hopes for the same crowd treatment on Sunday.
“Sabi nga namin, ’yung mga nasa Lucky Plaza pumunta para home court namin,” said Cuan, referring to a usual Filipino hangout in the city.
“Based on nung nasa San Miguel ako, mas marami pa rin Pinoy,” he added.
A few Filipinos were actually at OCBC Arena to watch Alab practice on Saturday night.
Cuan hopes Alab can come up with a more solid game after a shaky win over Kaohsiung behind Parks’ 41-point effort.
“When we practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, all I did was mental. I gave specific instructions and tinitignan ko kung makukuha nila. The only time I was able to prepare Singapore was Friday. But the first few days, it was all mental,” said Cuan.
Alab imports Seung Jun Lee and Dong Jun Lee will look to contain Xavier Alexander and Justin Howard, who combined for 41 points and 39 rebounds in the Slingers’ 90-65 win over Saigon last week.