Alab Pilipinas seeks first ABL win against HK Eastern

Tanduay Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag vows to make the team better after losing its first two games (Photo by Jamil Buergo)


HONGKONG – After two unsuccessful tries at home, Alab Pilipinas will try to change their fortunes around on the road today as it takes on Christian Standhardinger-led HK Eastern at the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

After losing to the Singapore Slingers two weeks ago, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas Head Coach Jimmy Alapag vowed to maximize their long lay off in preparing his team against the team that beat them in their opening game last November 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“I got to be better for the team. I got to put the guys in a better position to win the game” said Alapag after their game against the Slingers.

Despite being at the bottom of the team standings with a 0-2 record, the rookie mentor is not about to press the panic button yet. “It’s still a long way to go. The good thing about our schedule now is we can still fix it before the tough schedule in January and February” said Alapag.

Reigning ABL local MVP Ray Parks will once again spearhead the team along with Alab Pilipinas world imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson. Okosa currently leads the team in scoring with 26 ppg (2nd best in the league) while Johnson leads Alab in rebounding with 9.5 rpg.

Meanwhile, HK Eastern will gun for its fifth straight win and their first home game win after beating Alab Pilipinas, CLS Knights, Mono Vampire, and Singapore Slingers on the road. Hong Kong beat the Slingers 81-77 last Sunday at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.