Alapag gets 1st NBA win as Kings beat Warriors in Summer League

JR Isaga
Just two years into his coaching career, Jimmy Alapag is serving as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League

MEMORABLE. Jimmy Alapag earns his first win with the Sacramento Kings in the 2019 NBA Summer League. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Sacramento Kings Summer League assistant coach Jimmy Alapag got his first NBA win as the Kings escaped the Golden State Warriors at home, 81-77, on Tuesday, July 2.

Former 5-star recruit Weylen Gabriel dropped 22 points and 12 rebounds, while ex-Oklahoma City Thunder guard Semaj Christon had 16 markers and 11 assists.

The Kings defeated a Warriors squad led by fill-in starter Damian Jones, who had 14 points and 5 rebounds, and former collegiate superstar Jimmer Fredette, who fired off 14 markers in 16 minutes.

Prior to the game, the Mighty Mouse was already hard at work for new head coach Luke Walton, helping out in shootarounds and scouting other teams in the California Classic.

Screenshot from Jimmy Alapag's Instagram account

The 41-year-old PBA legend got his NBA breakthrough just two years into his coaching career after being contacted by his good friend and Kings general manager Vlade Divac.

Prior to his Kings stint, he had a smashing debut as a head coach after winning the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Championship with the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in 2018. (WATCH: Rappler Talk Sports: Jimmy Alapag on Alab Pilipinas’ ABL championship romp)

He then led Alab back to the ABL playoffs the following season before they bowed out in a stunning sweep against rival team Hong Kong Eastern. – Rappler.com