Alabís streak comes to an end at hands of hot-shooting Hong Kong
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 22, 2017 10:07 PM
TWO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Ray Parks Jr. and the rest of Alab Pilipinas had no answer for Hong Kong's hot hands.
HONG KONG – Winners of three in a row, Alab Pilipinas was the hottest team in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League.
Not anymore, especially after the fireworks show the Long Lions put forth on Sunday at the Southorn Stadium.
Dropping a total of 12 triples, all but four coming in the first half, Hong Kong took away the fire and then proceeded to turn up the heat on the Filipinos for a convincing 93-80 victory.
Marcus Elliott showed the way with 27 points, but he also had five other teammates in double-digits as they avoided what would have been their first back-to-back losses in the season. With the win, they pushed away their vanquished foes and regained solo second now at 6-2.
Four Long Lions made good on their triple tries and, as a team, they torched the nets with 39 percent shooting from long distance.
Obviously, it was on long-range bombs that Hong Kong blew the game wide open. The Philippines got off to an 8-3 start only to be countered by a vicious 32-12 onslaught punctuated by back-to-back triples.
Now way in front by 46-25 just in the middle of the second, the Long Lions would only let their advantage go as low as 13 the rest of the way.
Coach Mac Cuan called upon all 12 of his players to try and help out with their opponents’ scalding stroke, but Alab still found no answer and saw their three-game win run come to an end. Now at 5-3, they slid back to third-place.
Ray Parks Jr. and James Hughes were the only bright spots in the losing effort with 23 points and 19 points, respectively.
Even after putting forth a late spurt, this was still the Filipinos’ worst loss thus far in the tournament.
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