Alab returns to winning form, re-asserts mastery over Truth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 08, 2017 04:45 PM
Alab returns to winning form, re-asserts mastery over Truth
SAME OLD, SAME OLD. All of Alab Pilipinas' three wins have come at the expense of Kaohsiung.

Kaohsiung may have gotten on the win column at long last, but they still got nothing on Alab Pilipinas in the 2016 Asean Basketball League.

Ray Parks. Jr. stuffed the stat sheet anew, both James Hughes and Sampson Carter wasted no time in delivering what they promised, and the Filipinos handled the hometown-backed Truth all right, 86-77, on Sunday in Taiwan.

The convincing victory lifted Alab back onto the winner’s circle now at 3-2. They still stand third behind Singapore and Hong Kong.

All of the Philippines’ three wins have come at the expense of the Taiwanese.

And this one pretty much looked like the two that came before it. Parks piloted Alab to a strong 9-2 start before Derek Hall rallied Kaohsiung to only 17-22 at the end of the opening salvo.

To start the second, the Filipinos rang off seven unanswered points that re-established a 29-17 advantage.

The lead would stay in double-digits until Hall along with fellow import Cedric Oliver willed the Truth to 77-81 with under 90 ticks to go. Parks had the answer for Alab, however, and his slash and dish for a Jeric Fortuna triple put the game away for good.

The Filipino-American wound up with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists and was backstopped by versatile forward Carter who had 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists of his own.

Both of the Philippines’ new imports were instant successes in replacing Korean brothers Lee and Dong Seung Jun as six-foot-11 tower Hughes also contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.

Alab now comes home to try their luck once more against a Singapore side that has handed them both of their losses.

On the other hand, coming off its maiden win, Kaohsiung fell short in getting a winning streak going and fell to 1-5. Hall led them in the losing effort with a 31-point, 16-rebound double-double.

BOX SCORES

ALAB PILIPINAS 86 - Parks 28, Carter 23, Hughes 12, Acuna 10, Celiz 6, Domingo 4, Fortuna 3, Hubalde 0, King 0, Knuttel 0, Thiele 0, Gavieres 0.

KAOHSIUNG TRUTH 77 - Hall 31, Oliver 19, Chang 10, Hsu 8, Inigo 6, Jose 2, Wey 1, Lee 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-17, 43-29, 63-53, 86-77.

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