Hong Kong re-asserts mastery over still winless Alab Pilipinas
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 13, 2017 10:29 PM
Tyler Lamb was unstoppable in the last four minutes
Christian Standhardinger continued to be a thorn on the side of his kababayans.
However, it was Tyler Lamb who came through to keep defending champion Hong Kong undefeated in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.
The Filipino-German was no match for neither Ivan Jonson nor Reggie Okosa while Thai-American Lamb brought the big guns in the endgame to shoot Eastern over still winless Alab Pilipinas, 99-96, on Wednesday at the Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong.
Battling back from as much as 10 points behind, the defending champions kept their slate spotless after five games.
The decision also completes Hong Kong’s elimination round sweep of the Filipinos, also having defeated them to open the tournament.
Like last time, Standhardinger was a force with a 25-point, 12-rebound double-double.
It was Lamb’s cold-blooded conversions, though, that took the fight out of Alab.
Down by four inside the last four minutes, the sharpshooter scored seven points in the 14-2 surge that put Eastern in front, 96-88, with 1:21 remaining.
The Philippines continued to fight and neared to 96-98, but Lee Ki’s split from the stripe coupled with Josh Urbiztondo’s missed triple try sealed the deal in their third straight loss to start the season.
This, despite a big game from Johnson who had 32 points, nine rebounds, four rebounds, and four assists and Okosa who had 25 markers, 13 boards, four pilfers, and three dimes.
Unfortunately, reigning and defending Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. still struggled only with 11 points in 27 percent shooting to go along with five turnovers in this one.
That missing production from Parks Jr. was much-needed as Lamb waxed hot with 32 points built on five treys while Marcus Elliott contributed 20 markers, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
HONG KONG EASTERN 99 – Lamb 32, Standhardinger 25, Elliott 20, Lee 12, Moss 6, Xu 2, Tang 2, Lau 0
TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 96 – Johnson 32, Okosa 25, Urbiztondo 14, Parks Jr. 11, Celiz 6, Hontiveros 3, Sumalinog 3, Domingo 2, Javelona 0, Maierhofer 0
QUARTER SCORES: 20-23, 43-46, 64-66, 99-96
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