Alab Pilipinas buried in barrage of threes by league-leading Hong Kong
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 10, 2017 10:00 PM
MISMATCH. Much like their meeting in early January, Hong Kong just proved to be too much for Alab Pilipinas.
Less than 10 seconds were left in the first quarter on Sunday in Hong Kong and Alab Pilipinas had just completed a much-needed defensive stop.
Only, JR Cawaling’s pass was intercepted at halfcourt and Lee Ki wasted no time in taking advantage – launching the ball from Stephen Curry distance and finding the bottom of the net.
It was that kind of day for the Filipinos who were run out of the Southorn Stadium in a 100-87 blowout at the hands of the Eastern Long Lions.
The 13-point difference is tied for the Philippines’ worst loss in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League – with both courtesy of Hong Kong. More than that, however, the loss added to their woes as they now find themselves with a 9-8 standing.
Much like their last meeting in early January, Hong Kong was the aggressor right from tip-off in detonating a 19-6 blast.
The Long Lions’ lead only grew from there as Ki followed up his buzzer-beater to end the first with another trey to start the second for a score of 36-18.
Ray Parks Jr. did anything and everything in his power to rally Alab, but they could only come as close as 15 the rest of the way.
In all, the Filipino gave up 17 makes from long-range. Ki alone had seven for all of his 21 points off the bench while Marcus Elliot was in control all throughout in totaling 23 points, nine assists, and three rebounds.
Parks Jr. led the losing effort with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. James Hughes also had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Lo Domingo had 19 markers and nine boards for the Philippines.
Digging for themselves another huge hole to start the game, however, Alab again suffered back-to-back losses.
Meanwhile, now at 14-2, Hong Kong is a win away from clinching the top-seed in the tournament.
HONG KONG EASTERN LONG LIONS 100 – Elliott 23, Lee 21, Lamb 20, Boone 13, Chan 10, Guinchard 7, Fong 6, Lau 0, Wu 0, Tang 0, Chung 0, Ip 0
ALAB PILIPINAS 87 – Parks Jr. 21, Domingo 19, Carter 14, Hughes 14, Fortuna 10, Acuna 9, Celiz 0, Cawaling 0, Hubalde 0
QUARTER SCORES: 33-18, 60-40, 86-68, 100-87
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