BANGKOK — Coach Douglas Marty expressed confidence Mono Vampire Basketball Club will tie the Asean Basketball League (ABL) finals and force a deciding fifth game in the Philippines.
Game Four of the ABL finals between Mono Vampire and Alab Pilipinas is set on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Stadium 29 in the Thailand capital (4:30 Manila time).
“We can do it,” said the American coach. “We fought for it. We were spinning ourselves in several areas. It was hard. But we played with big hearts, came back, and hit those shots. We had a chance. Hope we can carry than on Monday.
Mono trailed by as many as 11 before cutting the deficit to three points.
Bobby Ray Parks, however, proved to be the thorn on the side of Mono, hitting late shots to give Alab Pilipinas the win.
“Parks was tremendous. He made key baskets. Everytime we looked like the momentum was going back to us. We needed Parks to miss that shot. He didn’t. He made that shot and kept that buffer each time. To his credit, he was tough to guard,” Marty said.
“We can do it because of past experiences. We have been in many elimination games before the ABL finals. In our realm of experience, we have always responded even during the season this year. We are a very resilient team. To come back, we were down 11, came back, we are confident. We know the challenge is big but we want that. We are happy to have that chance,” said Marty.
The American coach noted Mono needs to work hard on both ends, and try to avoid getting clobbered on the boards after giving up 28 offensive rebounds in Game Three that led to 20 second chance points.
“Second chance points, we must limit those. 28 offensive rebounds, two possession game in the end, we have to improve on our rotations and our defensive schemes to be more efficient,” said Marty.
Game Five, if necesasry, will be played on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex, but Marty says they are not looking past Game Four.
“I don’t think the guys are anxious about that. I think the team is excited about it and ready to go for it and put it out there. It’s not going to be determination and heart. We have to play good basketball too and we know that.
“Game Five doesn’t exist. It’s a million years away. We love to get a ticket back to the Philippines but it comes down to Monday if we can earn it,” Marty said.