Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag, once the country’s premier point guard tasked to lead the national team in international competitions, is now at the helm of a Philippine squad aching to bring home another crown.
Alab has two chances to snatch the 2017-18 ASEAN Basketball League championship and they take the first step towards that goal today, 4:30pm at Stadium 29 in Bangkok, Thailand against a home team eager to bounce back.
Alapag knows fully well that winning Game 4 in hostile territory is much easier said than done.
“We’ll put our heart and our soul in Game 4,” said the 40-year old neophyte mentor shortly after winning Game 3.
“That is a very, very good team on the other side, very, very well-coached, and we’re going into a hostile environment. We have to make sure we stick to the game plan and recover especially because it’s a quick turnaround. We have just 36 hours before Game 4 from Game 3,” he added.
Taking the cudgels once more for Alab will be the team’s tried and tested “Big 3” who did most of the damage in Game 3. Ray Parks, Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee combined for 81 of the team’s 99 points to avenge the Game 2 defeat at home and move 1 win way from the title.
Game 5, if necessary, will be played on Wednesday, May 2 at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.