Alab management upbeat even with impending import change


Alab Pilipinas remains confident even though they have only triumphed in half of their four games. Photo by Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines — With a standing of 2-2, Alab Pilipinas is right in the middle of the pack in the 2016 Asean Basketball League.

That’s right behind consensus favorites Singapore and Hong Kong, but still right in front of Malaysia, Saigon, and Kaohsiung.

For a first-year squad, that’s exactly where they want to be, if team manager Charlie Dy is to be believed. As he put it, “We’re happy naman sa nilalaro ng team. Remember, we only had one week of practice prior to our first game.”

He then continued, “Pumi-peak naman na sila, pero yun nga lang, hindi siguro enough yung nabigay nung magkapatid.”

Dy was referring to Korean reinforcements Lee and Dong Seung Jun who provided the shooting and mobility they have been known for, but fell short in serving as much-needed post presences for the Philippines.

That is exactly why Alab is now in the process of looking for a “big import who plays big.” “Upon evaluation and seeing the competition, management decided to get an import to address rebounding which has been the weakness of the team,” head coach Mac Cuan explained.

While Cuan opted not to divulge any of their candidates, he said he had already forwarded a name of a big man he considers a “priority.” He then went on to say that they are hoping that matters clear up a week from now.

This article originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.