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ABL: Alab Pilipinas hopes to get back on track, faces Saigon Heat

By Jonas Terrado

Game Sunday
(Sta. Rosa, Laguna)
7:30 p.m. — Alab Pilipinas vs Saigon

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas hopes to atone for its disappointing midweek loss on the road when it plays host to the lowly Saigon Heat in the ASEAN Basketball League at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

Alab Pilipinas and coach Jimmy Alapag hope to bounce back from a disappointing midweek loss when they face the Saigon Heat. (ABL Images)

Alab Pilipinas and coach Jimmy Alapag hope to bounce back from a disappointing midweek loss when they face the Saigon Heat. (ABL Images)

Alab, currently in third place at 8-5, takes on the Vietnamese side at 7:30 p.m. as it tries to bounce back following a 91-63 defeat to the Kuala Lumpur Dragons last Wednesday in Malaysia.

The defeat continued a trend of inconsistency for coach Jimmy Alapag’s squad which had gone 4-4 since starting winning four of its first five games.

Alapag and company are eager to get things back on track as they try to keep within striking distance of league-leader Mono Vampire (10-4) and the second-running Taipei Fubon Braves (9-5).

Imports Nick King, Prince Williams and Sam Deguara and top locals Jason Brickman and Jeremiah Gray are out to redeem themselves after the anemic performance that resulted in Alab’s second-worst loss of the season.

They face the Heat, who are in the bottom of the 10-team field with a 3-9 record. Despite that, Alab is not taking the Ho Chi Minh City outfit for granted.

Saigon is coming off a 79-72 road victory over Kuala Lumpur behind 21 points and 11 rebounds from former PBA import Malcolm White and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Tyshawn Taylor.

A notable part of the Heat’s roster is Chris Dierker, who helped Vietnam win bronze in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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