Brownlee, Balkman prove worth as Alab goes on a winning streak
Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman looked like the reinforcements Alab Pilipinas has long been searching for
Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman wasted no time in proving that they are just the fuel needed to stoke the fire under Alab Pilipinas.
With their two new reinforcements showing the way, the Filipinos got the better of visiting Westports Malaysia, 90-79, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Brownlee showcased his shooting while Balkman imposed an inside presence to help the Philippines go on its first win run in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League
It was also those two who connived in the 21-3 tear bridging the third and fourth quarters that turned a three-point deficit into an 81-66 advantage.
In that run alone, Brownlee had six points and two assists while Balkman had nine markers and four rebounds, taking the fight out of the Dragons.
It was nothing but an impactful debut for the two new reinforcements who had just replaced Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.
Alab would not be threatened for the remainder of the game as the home crowd celebrated their team’s improvement to 2-3.
In the end, Brownlee stuffed the stat sheet with 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks while Balkman posted his own 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Josh Urbiztondo and Robby Celiz also added 13 and 10 markers, respectively.
For Westports Malaysia, Filipino-American Joshua Munzon impressed anew with 21 points and nine rebounds. Without an answer for Brownlee and Balkman, however, they lost for the third time in a row following a season-opening win.
TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 90 - Brownlee 29, Balkman 17, Urbiztondo 13, Celiz 10, Parks 8, Domingo 6, Maierhoffer 4, Hontiveros 3, Javellona 0, Sumalinog 0, Alabanza 0, Raymundo 0
WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS 79 - Munzon 21, Marshall 17, West 16, Yeo 8, Kuek 4, Cabahug 0, Ng 0, Teo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-13, 39-32, 68-63, 90-79
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