Alapag, Alab keep fingers crossed as playoff position hangs in the balance
“Regardless of where we end up, I’m happy with where we are as a team and we will be ready for the playoffs,” says Alab coach Jimmy Alapag. Jerome Ascano

REGARDLESS of where San Miguel Alab Pilipinas will end up heading to the ABL playoffs, coach Jimmy Alapag is proud of how his team closed out the regular season.

Alab won three straight outings to finish the elimination round with a 14-6 (win-loss) record and clinch at the very least the No. 3 seeding in the playoffs.

Alab can still climb to No. 2 - and earn an outright berth in the semifinals - if Chong Son Kung Fu loses to Hong Kong Eastern on Wednesday night.

”Tingnan namin on Wednesday,” said Alapag. “We will definitely be watching the Hong Kong-Kung Fu game. We will wait and see.”

The Hong Kong-Chong Son match is set at 8 p.m. at the Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong.

“Regardless of where we end up, I’m happy with where we are as a team and we will be ready for the playoffs,” said Alapag.

Alab suffered back-to-back losses in a late-season wobble, but came back strong with a win over Saigon and two consecutive victories against also-ran CLS Knights Indonesia.

But Alapag was glad to see Alab on playoff mode particularly in its matches against CLS.

“Sometimes those are the tough games to play kasi wala silang pressure, they come in and just play free. I want us to continue how we’ve been in the last few games and be on playoff mode as far as execution and our focus,” said Alapag.

Alapag also lauded the play of the entire team with Pamboy Raymundo and Paolo Javelona leading Alab’s second stringers in stepping up following injuries to Josh Urbiztondo and Co.

“The guys came out and we got contributions from everyone and at the same able to limit the minutes of Justin (Brownlee) and Balk (Renaldo Balkman) as we get ready for the playoffs,” said Alapag.


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