ALAB Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan is fired up to see what the team-up of Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Kiefer Ravena can bring to the squad heading into the Asean Basketball League (ABL) semifinals.
The Philippine-based ballclub got the much-needed boost after Ravena arrived on Wednesday to join the team in its final preparations for Game One of the best-of-three playoff against the Singapore Slingers.
Ravena is set to team up with Parks, who has been the top scoring option since the start of the season.
Despite the short time Ravena has spent with the squad, Cuan is confident the familiarity between his two stars will make Ravena's transition smoother.
Ravena and Parks have been teammates before as part of the Gilas cadets that saw action in the 2015 Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship and the SEA Games in Singapore's OCBC Arena, where, incidentally, Alab will also play Game One against the Slingers.
“Looking forward to it. I heard they played well in the SEA Games and the Seaba and sa OCBC din so meron na silang history na magkasama. ‘Yung familiarity, nandun na. It’s really about integrating both of them in the team dynamics,” said Cuan.
In just the brief time that Ravena has been with the team, Cuan shared that the multi-titled cager has already made a good impact on the squad in practices.
“’Yung leadership niya and ‘yung winning attitude, it really rubs off on the players. You just don’t give up and you find a way to win. You will yourself to win,” said Cuan.
Alab hopes to steal homecourt advantage on Sunday before heading back home to play Game Two at the Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.