Fil-Canadian Mandani, Slingers put out fire in Alab Pilipinas’ winning streak

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 10, 2018 09:59 PM
Fil-Can Mandani, Slingers put out fire in Alab’s win run
Filipino-American AJ Mandani was a thorn on the side of his kababayans

Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman’s first taste of defeat in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League has come at the hands of Singapore.

Chris Charles towered above all while Filipino-Canadian AJ Mandani brought out the big guns in the endgame as the Slingers silenced streaking Alab Pilipinas, 90-80, in front of a packed crowd inside the Filoil Flying V Centre on Wednesday.

Mandani scored 11 points in the last seven minutes, nearly outscoring all of his kababayans who only mustered 14 in the same timeframe.

With Singapore holding onto a four-point lead with 7:05 remaining, the Fil-Can guard’s floater over the outstretched arms of Balkman followed by a booming triple detonated a 9-3 blast that put them on top, 79-69.

Alab again threatened at 76-82 with 3:15 left before a controversial non-call led to a jumper by Xavier Alexander, a made technical free throw by Mandani, a split from the stripe from Alexander, and a cold-blooded trey from Mandani that extended the visitors’ lead to 89-76.

Charles was also a force with nine points in all of the final frame to help the Slingers improve to 4-5 in the standings.

With the win, they silenced the Philippines and its fans and put a stop to their three-game win run.

It’s their first loss since welcoming American reinforcements Brownlee and Balkman. The latter posted a 24-point, 12-rebound double-double while the former scored 16 markers, but only shot 37 percent from the field.

Ray Parks Jr. also turned in his best scoring output of the season with 16 points, but all of it still wasn’t enough from preventing Alab’s drop to 3-4.

BOX SCORES

SINGAPORE SLINGERS 90 – Charles 29, Mandani 23, Alexander 20, Goh 6, Liew 5, Ng 3, Low 2, Lim 2, Folkoff 0, Oh 0, Tay 0

TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 80 – Balkman 24, Parks Jr. 16, Brownlee 16, Urbiztondo 12, Maierhofer 6, Raymundo 4, Celiz 2, Domingo 0, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0, Alabanza 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-19, 42-38, 64-64, 90-80

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