Alab Takes Care of Truth, Now Sets Eyes on Playoffs

Alab Pilipinas took care of their business on the road, defeating the Kaohsiung Truth, 107-85, on Sunday at the Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School.

Lawrence Domingo led the Philippine team in scoring with 23 points while Ray Parks had an all-around effort of 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jens Knuttel, the AirAsia Player of the Game, was instrumental in Alab’s success as he started out the game strong on the defensive end. Knuttel ended up with 10 points and 4 steals, 3 of which came in the first quarter alone.

 “[In the] first half we were sharing the ball, moving the ball, and paying attention to details,” Alab head coach McC Cuan said, who got a fitting birthday gift from his players.

With Knuttel starting Alab on the right track, they went on to lead by as much as 30 points in the second period.

The Truth valiantly fought back in the second half however thanks to the huge efforts of Wesley Hsu, Wang Hsin-Kai, and Cedric Oliver. The trio scored 17 points apiece as they tried to mount a fourth period comeback. It was the last game for the Truth and they did their best to try to pull out a win in front of their fans. They even cut the lead to just six points in the fourth period, but in the end, Alab kept pouring it on and increased the margin again in the final minutes.

“We just went away with it in the third quarter,” Cuan shared about their lack of defensive effort after the halftime break. “But we recovered in the fourth quarter. We still finished strong.”

Alab Pilipinas finishes the regular season with an 11-9 slate. They enter the postseason as the third seed and will face the Singapore Slingers starting on April 2 in Singapore.

“We’re just trying to get a momentum going into the playoffs,” Cuan explained. “You can’t really go to the playoffs feeling down. That’s why this game was so important for me because I wanted them to be lock in mentally.”

“You’ll see a ready Alab Pilipinas. We’re going for the win. We’re confident about our chances,” the coach went on. “No disrespect to Singapore but we’re confident coming in. We know that we can play with them and go toe-to-toe with them.”