Alab Pilipinas looks to tighten up defense to get back at Saigon Heat and break two-game slide
Bobby Ray Parks will play through pain again as Alab guns for payback against Saigon. Photo from ABL

ALAB Pilipinas looks to arrest a two-game skid when they take on Saigon Heat on Friday in an Asean Basketball League road game at the CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Alab guns for payback five days after losing to Saigon as the rematch is set Friday night at 8:30 p.m. Manila time.

It will actually be Alab’s first of two games in three days with the Philippine squad playing against the Westports Malaysia Dragons on Sunday in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Alab coach Mac Cuan said that his wards need to get things done on defense, something that was lacking in their two-game slide, if they hope to improve their 8-6 win-loss card and move closer to clinching a semifinal berth in the regional basketball league.

“We have to have a good start and we have to get it on the defensive end. That has been our problem in the last two games,” Cuan said.

Lenny Daniel led the way for Saigon with 24 points and 15 rebounds, but also coming up big for Saigon is heritage import Moses Morgan, who finished with 20 markers for the Heat.

“We are not stopping people. We are too complacent playing defense,” said Cuan.

Alab recently made a big coup by signing Kiefer Ravena for the rest of the season, but he will still not play for the Philippine squad as he recovers from an injured hand.

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is also nursing a shoulder and ankle injury but will once again play through the pain, while import Sampson Carter and James Hughes hope to also make a big impact in Friday’s game.

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