Alab braces for hostile environment as packed Bangkok gym ready to give Mono big boost
After overcoming Filipino hostility in Sta. Rosa, Mike Singletary and  the Mono Vampire squad are set to enjoy the support of their home fans in a packed Bangkok gym against Alab. Jerome Ascano

MONO Vampire head coach Douglas Marty experienced 'Filipino hostility' first hand after playing the first two games of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Finals and the seasoned American coach loves it.

The soft-spoken mentor hopes to feel the same atmosphere in their home floor when they host San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in Game Three of the best of five finals on Saturday at the Stadium 29.

The good news for them, Mono reported that the stadium has already been sold out. 

"We’re taking notes from the Filipino crowds and we’re gonna try to bring some of that energy to the Thailand crowd. I think we can do it," said Marty. 

"I think our homecourt will be loud and present because it’s the Finals. I think people will be there," he added. 

He's just happy to go back home with the series tied, as they came away with a win even despite the raucous crowd following a 103-100 win in Game two last Wednesday in Sta. Rosa. 

"This team Alab is so strong and you never want to go home down 0-2. That’s a big mountain to climb. We wouldn’t lose confidence or give up in anyway, but this was critical," said Marty. 

"This is critical. Homecourt edge is so important, and we had to win one of these two."

Generally, Mono has done a great job dictating the tempo against the top defensive team in the league, putting up an average of 116.5 points per game. 

Marty expects the game to normalize a little bit but don't expect a huge drop off in pace as he believes Alab is capable of running with them. 

"I think both teams will be themselves in Game 3 and of course there’s always adjustments in a three-game series, especially five-game series. There were a lot of adjustments between Game 1 and 2, there will be some adjustments in Game 3," said Marty. 


"I think the general personality of each team will be evident in Game 3, and it will be a quick high scoring affair as well."

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