Cuan says Alab doesn't deserve long Xmas break after another loss to Slingers
Mac Cuan and Alab Pilipinas absorb their second loss in four games. Photo from Asean Basketball League

SINGAPORE — Alab Pilipinas doesn’t see action in 20 days but after a second loss to the Singapore Slingers, coach Mac Cuan says they “can’t justify a long break.”

The Alab players are expected to be back training well ahead of the January 8 game, even if it is a team they have already beaten twice, the Kaohsiung Truth

Cuan said Alab needs to work even during the break.

“Ang plano sana medyo mahaba ang break kung nanalo kami. You can’t justify a long break. We will work in practice and work on our game,” said Cuan.

“I’ll watch film again and see kung saan pa kami puwedeng mag-improve,” said Cuan.

[See Alab Pilipinas loses again to Singapore Slingers as courageous rally falls short]

Alab Pilipinas sits in the middle of the six-team standings with a 2-2 record, with Hong Kong on top at 4-0 followed by Singapore at 4-1.

Cuan was disappointed with the defense of Alab in Singapore, where they allowed Slingers import Xavier Alexander to get in his comfort zone and finish with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

While Dong Jun Lee topscored for Alab with 16 points and Lawrence Domingo having 15 points and six rebounds, Cuan stressed the need for more contributions from other players as the season goes along especially with team captain Bobby Ray Parks being a marked man after scoring a league-record 41 point last week against the Truth.

“I told Ray na there is no way they are going to leave you, and not going to put effort on you defensively. It’s a matter of the other guys being ready,” said Cuan.

[See Cuan laments poor defense on Slingers import Xavier Alexander cost Alab dearly]

“We were fine dahil nami-miss lang namin ‘yung mga open shots. We really need to continue to improve individually and as a team,” said Cuan.

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