Alapag thrilled to see Sumalinog-led Alab bench finally step up after quiet start
Alab coach Jimmy Alapag is getting solid contribution from his bench in the team's six-game win run. Photo from ABL

SAN Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag lauded the play of Oping Sumalinog as the team continues to get signifiant contributions from their bench behind their six-game win run in the Asean Basketball League.

Averaging just 2.5 points this ABL season, Sumalinog played 12 minutes in the game, but finished with eight points, including a triple before the third quarter buzzer that gave Alab a 68-60 lead against Mono Vampire on Wednesday at the Baliuag Star Arena.

The 6-foot-2 cager also had a pair of rebounds to go along with his points, as he shot 3-of-6 from the field.

Alapag singled out Sumalinog for the giving Alab some quality minutes off the bench, saying that he has been aching to give the former PBA D-League cager playing time.

“Oping Sumalinog was huge for us,” said Alapag. “He is a guy who has been tough trying to find minutes for him. But he comes in everyday, does his work, and does his job,” the Alab coach said.

“He gave a huge lift for us,” Alapag added.

Sumalinog’s effort during games and practices has been a reflection of Alab’s attitude over the past few months.

On Wednesday, Alab outscored Mono Vampire in bench points, 18-12, with Lawrence Domingo and Pamboy Raymundo also contributing on offense.

“Collectively, as a team, the guys come in everyday more focused and ready to work. I keep telling them, we are now reaping the benefits of the work that we put in even before the season started,” said Alapag. 

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