ABL: With its morale high, Alab favored to top lowly Indonesian club
Any time a win comes at the expense of a strong opponent, player confidence tends to soar.
Add the fact that Tanduay Alab Pilipinas is facing a struggling squad and its chances in the next assignment look even better.
Alab (4-4) tries to go above.-500 for the first time in the ASEAN Basketball League when it flies to Indonesia to take on CLS Knights in Surabaya on Saturday.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
The Filipino club got a much-needed morale boost when it downed top-3 team Mono Vampire Basketball Club of Thailand (7-4) in emphatic fashion 114-87 in Bangkok on Sunday.
Justin Brownlee led the way for Alab with 29 points, 24 in the second half, to go along with 8 rebounds and 9 assists.
Taking advantage of a Mono Vampire team playing its second game in 3 nights, Brownlee and Alab redeemed themselves in a way after a loss at home in San Juan to Singapore Slingers on January 11.
Reigning league MVP Ray Parks Jr. (19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) and Josh Urbiztondo (17 points, 5 3-pointers) provided ample local help for Brownlee for the easy victory in Thailand.
Given a more diminished quality of opposition coming up, Alab is in a good position to secure win No. 5 against Knights, whose 1-5 record is second from bottom in the 9-team standings.
A win by Alab will put the pressure on fourth-place Saigon (4-3) and give coach Jimmy Alapag and his crew a bit of breathing space against No. 6 Slingers (5-6).
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