ALAB Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan made no effort to hide his frustration over the performance of his team in an overtime loss to the Westports Malaysia Dragons on Sunday night.
Cuan didn't hold back his punches over the lackluster showing of Alab Pilipinas in the 101-91 overtime loss to the Dragons in front of a capacity crowd at the brand-new Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.
"We don't have business playing here kapag ganun. No effort at all. No energy," said Cuan.
"Feeling na namin, ang galing galing namin. Kung magaling kami, (dapat) tambak ang kalaban," he added.
Fil-American Joshua Munzon came up with big plays in the extra period for the Dragons to finish with 25 points and seven steals, taking over to to torment Alab after Malaysia import Skylar Spencer fouled out.
Alab Pilipinas came from 11 points down in regulation to force overtime. Still, Cuan was not impressed, particularly lambasting their porous defense.
"I told them, you just made those players look like superstars. Most of these players didn't even play the whole season. Ngayon lang pinaglaro kasi kulang sila ng player, pero ano ang ginawa nila, pinagaling nila," said Cuan.
"One dribble, lay-up. All lay-ups," he added.
Alab Pilipinas fell to 9-7 in the team standings, with fourth-placer Saigon Heat closing in at 6-9 after stunning Singapore over the weekend.
The Philippine squad is set to play the league-leading Hong Kong Eastern in a home-and-away match on Friday and Sunday.
The Long Lions hold a 13-2 win-loss record.
With the way things are going though, Cuan believes Alab has a slim chance of beating Hong Kong, especially if it puts in the same kind of half-hearted effort it showed against the Dragons.
"I just told them, if you think you can beat Hong Kong with that kind of energy and effort, you are kidding yourself especially with how Hong Kong is playing well," said Cuan.