Alab Pilipinas’ other guys down Malaysia Dragons
WE GOT THIS. Ray Parks Jr. only had to play less than 30 minutes as his supporting cast was very much on-point.
Ray Parks Jr. has long been in form in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.
On Friday night in Bulacan, the rest of Alab Pilipinas showed that they just may be hitting their stride as well.
Robbie Celiz and JR Cawaling starred in the middle quarters as the Filipinos made quick work of visiting Westports Malaysia, 87-79, at the Baliwag Star Arena.
Parks Jr. was solid as always, but this time around, it was his supporting cast that led the way to victory. Now at 9-4, they stand just right behind 10-4 Singapore and just close enough to league-leading 8-2 Hong Kong.
The Dragons made the first basket of the game only to see Alab put forth a 15-6 run to take control of the lead it would not relinquish until the final buzzer.
Celiz made sure of that in scoring nine of his 14 points in the second period. Cawaling followed suit and fired seven of his 14 points in the third period.
Parks Jr. added 15 points in just 28 minutes of action. He wasn’t asked to do much heavy lifting, however, as he had four other teammates in double-digits.
Reinforcements Sampson Carter and James Hughes posted points-rebounds doubles-doubles of 15-11 and 14-18, respectively, to help the Philippines score a second straight win.
Kiwi Gardner had 30 points and Filipino-American Joshua Munzon had 20 points for Malaysia, but their two-man show fell short in offsetting Alab’s balanced effort.
ALAB PILIPINAS 87 – Carter 15, Parks Jr. 15, Hughes 14, Celiz 14, Cawaling 14, Domingo 8, Fortuna 3, Gavieres 2, Hubalde 2, Knuttel 0, Acuna 0, Thiele 0
WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS 79 – Gardner 30, Munzon 20, Spencer 17, Wong 4, Teo 4, Kuek 2, Ma 2, Yeo 0, Loh 0, Ting 0
QUARTER SCORES: 20-15, 40-34, 67-57, 87-79
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