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Alapag on Alab’s poor first half: ‘It needs to be a 40-minute effort’

Alab Pilipinas got off to a poor start and that ultimately caused its downfall in a close 92-89 defeat to Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club on Sunday in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.

“I think it was really a tale of two halves. In the first half, we had 15 turnovers, but in the second half, we only had three. I think if we would have played with the sense of urgency like we did in the second half in the first half, I think the outcome could have been different,” said Alapag, who made his head coaching debut.

Tanduay Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson
Aside from World Imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson as well as veteran guard Josh Urbiztondo, contributions have been few for Alab in the first half.

Hong Kong slowly pulled away and even took a 15-point lead, 63-48, early in the third quarter.

“Us having 15 turnovers and giving Hong Kong 23 turnover points in the first half put us in a pretty big hole,” lamented Alapag.

Author: Randolph B. Leongson, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/273118/jimmy-alapag-alab-pilipinas-40-minute-effort-abl

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