Parks finishes what Domingo started in Alabís wild win against Slingers
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 13, 2017 10:00 PM
LONG TIME COMING.
BINAN, LAGUNA – It took a long time and the game was closer than it should have been, but Alab Pilipinas have finally beaten two teams in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.
Drawing a breakout performance from Lawrence Domingo along with the usual exploits of Ray Parks Jr., the Philippines toppled Singapore at long last, 74-72, on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena.
Third time was indeed the charm for the Filipinos whose two losses have both come at the hands of the Slingers. With the win, they rose to 4-2, still solo third in the standings.
Parks Jr. remained a force with 17 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, but it was little-known Domingo who was the star of the show, finishing with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double.
The Filipino-American had 10 points and six rebounds in the first half alone as Alab rode a 13-0 rush early on to turn a two-point deficit into a 15-4 lead. “Yung energy niya talaga ang magdadala sa kanya,” a satisfied coach Mac Cuan expressed post-game.
The advantage increased to as much as 11, but Singapore battled all the way back with a 14-4 run to start the final frame for a 60-59 advantage.
Exhibiting more maturity, however, Parks Jr. connived with Jeric Fortuna in a 14-3 counter that remounted a 74-63 lead. “Big shots. Jeric made big shots to bail us out,” Cuan said, crediting another ward of his who stepped up.
Still, the Slingers weren’t going away that easy and rang off nine unanswered to again threaten at 72-74 with 42 ticks to go. They forced back-to-back defensive stops and had possession for the last shot only to see Xavier Alexander get blanketed by three Filipinos.
James Hughes collared the rebound before Val Acuna ran the ball to the other side of the court to seal the deal. “At the end of the day, a win is a win,” Cuan said, nothing but relieved.
The decision not only signaled a much-needed winning streak for the Philippines, it also represented its first win that did not come at the expense of lowly Kaohsiung.
Alexander had 24 points and Wong Wei Ling added 14 markers of his own in the losing effort for Singapore.
ALAB PILIPINAS (74) - Parks, Jr. 17, Domingo 14, Fortuna 12, Hughes 8, Carter 6, Acuña 6, Celiz 4, Hubalde 3, Gavieres 2, Mendoza 2, Cawaling 0, Knuttel 0.
SINGAPORE SLINGERS (72) - Alexander 24, Wei Long 14, Howard 13, Austria 3, Ng 3, Folkoff 3, Kwek 12, Oh 0, Lim 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-10, 37-27, 55-46, 74-72
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