Cawaling delivers the goods as Alab stretches streak to three
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 15, 2017 04:57 PM
I GOT THIS.
Ray Parks Jr. did not score in double-digits for the first time in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.
And yet, there was still no problem for Alab Pilipinas.
JR Cawaling stepped up to the plate and knocked every pitch out of the park as the Filipinos had all the answers for defending champion and home team Malaysia in a 65-54 decision on Sunday.
Cawaling scored 11 points built on three triples, none bigger than his last one inside the last two minutes that punctuated a 10-3 run for the Philippines and re-established a 63-51 lead.
Parks Jr. only had nine points in what was his lowest-scoring game in the tournament. The former Far Eastern University standout and the rest of the reserves had his back, however, and outplayed their counterparts, 31-13.
With Alab starting slow, it was also Cawaling standout who sparked the 18-6 second quarter surge that snared away a 28-22 advantage. They would never relinquish the lead all the way to their third win in a row and fifth win in seven games overall.
Although falling short of double-digits in scoring, Parks Jr. collared 10 rebounds while imports Sampson Carter and James Hughes also combined to contribute 15 points and 15 rebounds.
The Filipinos have now scored back-to-back wins against the defending champion Dragons and runner-up Singapore. They remain in third-place, but are breathing down the necks of 5-1 Hong Kong and 7-2 Slingers.
Malaysia dropped to 1-5 in its title defense.
ALAB PILIPINAS 65 — Cawaling 11, Parks 9, Carter 9, Acuna 6, Hughes 6, Thiele 6, Hubalde 5, Domingo 5, Fortuna 4, Celiz 4, Knuttel 0.
MALAYSIA DRAGONS 54 — Melvin 15, Spencer 11, Yeo 9, Loh 7, Goldstein 6, Ting 4, Teo 2, Ma 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 16-18, 32-28, 51-41, 65-54.
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