Alab Pilipinas eyes third straight win as it takes on titleholder Westports Malaysia
Alab Pilipinas hopes to get beter numbers from Sampson Carter after a six-point, three-rebound performance. Jaime Campos

ALAB Pilipinas guns for its third straight win on Sunday when it takes on Westports Malaysia Dragons in a road game in the Asean Basketball League.

The game is set at 2:30 p.m. at the House of Champions, Gem-in Mall in Cyberjaya, around 35 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur.

Alab looks to improve on its 4-2 win-loss record against the reigning champion Dragons, who are struggling with a 1-4 win-loss record.

For the first time this season, Alab plays on the road immediately after playing at home, its second game in three days.

The Philippine-based club came away with a 74-72 nailbiter over Singapore on Friday in Binan, Laguna.

Alab Pilipinas coach Mac Cuan has prepared his team for situation as early as last Friday when he went deep into his rotation to balance out the minutes.

“I used my starters for longer minutes. Maybe I’ll use the bench more. Sa practice, pineprepare ko na sila, walkthrough na lang and mental in preparation for the back-to-back,” said Cuan.

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led the way for Alab Pilipinas against the Slingers with 17 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.

Import Sampson Carter had foul troubles and wound up with only six points and three rebounds.

Cuan is confident Carter will bounce back strong.

“I think he got sidetracked with the early foul trouble. Nawala ‘yung rhythm niya. Pagpasok niya sa game, gusto niya bumawi. Ego got involved. Nag-one-on-one siya. Sabi ko sa kanya, what’s important is how he bounce back,” Cuan said.

Cuan’s concern is protecting big leads in the endgame.

“It can’t be a trend. At some point, we have to learn. It’s been six games, when do we start learning from our mistakes,” Cuan said.

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