Alab to play Dragons in Bu­la­can to­day

Manila Times - - FOOTBALL - JAELLE NEVIN REYES

ALAB Pilip­inas will try to re­assert its mas­tery over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons West­ports Malaysia Dragons as they clash to­day in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) at the Bali­wag Star Arena in Bu­la­can.

The lone Philip­pine ABL team de­feated the Malaysian squad, 65- 54, last Jan­uary 15, and the home team hopes to get the same re­sult in their 8 p.m. en­counter.

Alab is com­ing off a thrilling 64- 62 over­time win over the Sin­ga­pore Slingers in Sin­ga­pore de­spite a low nine- point out­put from star player Bobby Ray Parks. The PH squad im­proved its mark to 8- 4.

Head coach Mac Cuan said the win against the Slingers gave them the boost in their cam­paign but they can’t take lightly the Malaysian team, reel­ing at the bot­tom of the team stand­ings with a 2-9 slate.

“We pre­pare for ev­ery team the same way as we pre­pare be­fore re­gard­less it is against the de­fend­ing cham­pion or a new­bie like Hong Kong,” said Cuan.

Cuan ex­pects the for­mer Na­tional Univer­sity stand­out Parks to bounce back from a poor shoot­ing per­for­mance that re­sulted in his low­est out­put this sea­son.

“I’m not re­ally wor­ried about him with his low­est out­put. He’s not 100 per­cent [ at the mo­ment] but I ex­pect him to play to­mor­row and be ag­gres­sive,” said Cuan.

“Ray [ Parks] al­ways gives us his hun­dred per­cent whether he is hurt or not. Even if he is not scor­ing for us, he does other things like re­bound­ing, pass­ing and de­fend­ing.”

Parks shot just 25 per­cent against the Slingers and had only three boards and same num­ber of as­sists. He was av­er­ag­ing 24 points and eight re­bounds per con­test prior to that match.

Cuan ex­pects the Bu­lak­enyos to pro­vide the home crowd sup­port to give them the ex­tra boost in the match.

“The fans’ sup­port al­ways help us All of our home games so far have been packed so my play­ers re­ally get ex­cited to play,” said Cuan.

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