DESPITE sweeping its first two games against Kaohsiung, Alab Pilipinas is not taking things lightly when it once again faces the Taiwanese side on Sunday in a road game in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
Alab looks to improve on its 2-2 win-loss record on Sunday against the Truth at 3 p.m. at the Kaohsiung Senior High School gym.
The Philippine-based squad beat the Truth in both matches on home turg. This time around, Kaohsiung will be playing on its home floor fresh from a morale-boosting 83-82 win over the Saigon Heat on Saturday - its first in five games.
That alone tells Alab coach Mac Cuan that the Truth can't be taken lightly on Sunday.
“We can't be complacent. We were overconfident in the first game. Second game, bench ko 'yung hindi ready. We can't disrespect any opponent especially now that we are adjusting to new players. Hindi rin kami puwedeng maging complacent," Cuan said.
Alab recently made an import change with University of Massachusetts product Sampson Carter and North Illinois alum James Hughes taking over Korean-Americans brothers Lee Seung Jun and Lee Dong Jun.
Cuan is tempering his expectations on the two new imports.
“Ang concern ko lang is legs. No expectations yet. I just want them to be a rim protector and be a presence insde. I'm not worried about scoring, nandyan naman mga locals," said Cuan.