Cuan says Alab must learn how to finish strong to stand chance against Slingers
Coach Mac Cuan says he is aching to get back at the Slingers, but his players must learn to finish games to stand a chance. Jaime Campos

COACH Mac Cuan said Alab Pilipinas needs to play a lot better than it did in its past two performances to be able to get back at the Singapore Slingers.

Alab has won back-to-back games against the winless Kaohsiung Truth and the Philippines-based squad has the chance to avenge its opening-day loss to the Singaporean squad when they meet again on Sunday in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

Cuan warned the players about their tendency to relax when holding a big lead and that they will have trouble against tougher teams if they don’t change their habits.

“A win is a win but I’m not really happy. We have to learn how to finish games strong. We have to be mentally tough. We can’t work so hard getting the big lead and then relax,” said Cuan.

“If you play against better teams, you’ll lose those games,” he added.

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The match against Singapore could also be a tougher than the first as Alab Pilipinas plays its first road game.

The Slingers are in second place with a 3-1 win-loss slate behind Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions (4-0).

Cuan admitted he wants to get back at the Singapore squad after they bowed to them in their league debut in Binan, Laguna.

“I’m more concerned at how we play as a team. We need to do a lot of corrections mentally,” said Cuan.

“They beat us here. Honestly, I’m really aching to get back at them,” Cuan said.

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