SINGAPORE — Lawrence Domingo is glad fans appreciated his effort for Alab Pilipinas even as he vows to improve, particularly his free throw shooting.
The Fil-Am forward got a mix of jeers and cheers as Alab took on the home team Singapore Slingers at OCBC Arena, making a good impression with his energy even as he struggled from the stripe.
“It’s very, very, very uplifting,” said the product of Eastern New Mexico University.
“It’s really great to have fans that are supportive even though you are at your worst and they are still rooting for you and giving you that confidence.”
He went 3-of-8 from the foul line — with one shot hitting nothing but the glass — and felt Alab would have been in a better position to steal the game in the end had he made more free throws as well as attempts from the inside.
Alab wound up getting beaten by the Slingers for the second time this season - by three points.
“For me, free throws have been a mental thing. The coaches have been working on that. Regardless of how it looked, the free throws are getting better,” Domingo said.
“I have mental problems shooting free throws. I need to fix that. I feel that the game would have been another story if we as a team finish free throws, and me as a player, finish free throws. That is something that we got to get back to the lab and work on.”
“I think early on, I was battling. I missed a bunch of gimmes. The kind of player that I am, I’ll focus on the things that I did wrong because I want to fix them and I want to help my team,” said Domingo.
The 6-foot-5 Domingo did get the crowd to cheer with some good shots, including a gorgeous reverse lay-up while battling the Slingers’ taller imports all game long.
He finished with 15 points and six rebounds for Alab as he continues to play a vital part in the maiden ABL season of the Philippines-based club.
The 24-year-old Domingo also said he was also glad that the Filipino crowd recognized his energy on the floor through his rebounding and defending against the imports of the Slingers.
“I’ve always been an energy player. I always brought energy to the court and rebounding is something that I’ve been working on. I have been rebounding well this season. I’m a slasher, I made cuts to the basket, and the fact that the crowd loves me for my energy, I love it,” said Domingo.