It may have taken four tries, but Tanduay Alab Pilipinas is finally on the win column.
The Philippine team walloped the Formosa Dreamers, 78-61, on Saturday at the Changhua County Stadium in Changhua City.
Reggie Okosa was man amongst boys as he racked up 19 points and 19 rebounds. Alab was without World Import Ivan Johnson due to a back injury, but Okosa was more than enough to fill in the void. Ray Parks and Josh Urbiztondo contributed 12 points apiece.
“We just really had to get the win. It was a must-win for us. We lost two games against the champions (Hong Kong) and one game against the runner-up (Singapore),” Okosa said after the game, pointing out the 0-3 record that he and his team had heading into Saturday’s matchup.
It was the first home game of the Dreamers, but it was Alab who felt right at home. They opened the game on a 9-0 run, determined to finally end their losing streak.
The Dreamers had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks from Lenny Daniel, but the rest of the team seemed to have trouble finding the bottom of the net. Cheng Chi Kuan was 4-for-13 from the floor, Chen Yu Han a dismal 1-for-10, and new addition Chou Tzu Hua was 2-for-7. Even World Import Jaleel Cousins had a quiet game of 10 points and 9 rebounds.
As a team, Formosa shot only 28 percent from the floor was manhandled on the boards, 62-37. The Dreamers tried multiple times to mount a comeback, but in every rally, Alab was there to quash the run. The visiting team led by as much as 19 points in the hard-fought victory.
“We felt like this game was a must-win. We came in and get the job done,” Okosa went on.
It was a total team-effort for Alab as every player that coach Jimmy Alapag fielded in was able to score. They shot 40 percent overall and as mentioned earlier, controlled the rebounding battle.
With the win, Alab is now 1-3 in the standings, similar to the Dreamers.
The Dreamers will have to lick their wounds fast as they host the defending champions Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team on Sunday.