What ails Alab Pilipinas?

Alab translated to English means ablaze or burning. You can add passion to that to aptly mean it. Burning passion.

Alab Pilipinas goes by that name. However, the way it has been playing does not speak much of it meaning.

A 16-1 rally by the visiting Saigon Heat wiped out a big 13-point lead by the Filipinos in the fourth quarter.

When you squander a lead as big as that, it speaks a lot about heart. Remember that old Ginebra never-say-die spirit? Or the “Laban Pilipinas, Puso” battlecry by the Gilas?

Nowhere has the Alab Pilipinas get closer to that fighting attitude.

Ray Parks had another stellar outing but he couldn’t lift Alab Pilipinas against the Saigon Heat who pulled out a 72-65 victory in their ASEAN Basketball League clash on Sunday at the Almendras Gym.

Parks top-scored the game with 27 points and also grabbed six rebounds and three assists to fill the statsheet again for the Philippines-based ballclub. However, that wasn’t enough for them to prevent a meltdown against the visitors.

With the loss, Alab Pilipinas fell to 6-4, good for third place in the six-team tournament.

Alab Pilipinas will next face the Singapore Slingers on February 12.

The big question is: will they have the bite if not the blaze?