Alab never says die against China’s Chong Son for fourth straight win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 31, 2018 10:29 PM
Alab never says die against China for fourth straight win
Josh Urbiztondo and Justin Brownlee came on late to provide Ray Parks Jr. with much-needed backup in Alab's fourth win in a row

Better late than never for the backup that Ray Parks Jr. had been waiting for all game long on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Arena in Laguna.

Parks Jr. was brilliant all throughout, but it was Josh Urbiztondo and Justin Brownlee’s endgame eruption and Renaldo Balkman’s defense that energized Alab Pilipinas right through visiting Chinese team Chong Son for a 94-91 come-from-behind win in overtime

The reigning and defending Local MVP scored 31 points, his highest output in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League, to go along with four rebounds and two assists.

He had to wait until the endgame to get much-needed help from Urbiztondo who scored all of his nine markers in the last two minutes of regulation as well as Brownlee who caught fire late for a total of 20 points on top of 11 rebounds and six assists.

Still, the two teams needed an extra period to settle the score.

There, they kept going at it and were still knotted at 90-all with two minutes remaining until Justin Howard’s split from the stripe granted Kung Fu a one-point lead.

Right in the next possession, however, Brownlee aggressively drove into the lane and fished a foul. He converted his couple of his charities for a 92-91 advantage in favor of the Filipinos.

The two teams then exchanged defensive stops and turnovers before Balkman tipped a pass from Sidikejiang Kamiran which Urbiztondo tracked down.

The ball then went back to Balkman who set up a Brownlee fastbreak layup that completed the comeback for the Philippines.

Never saying die, Alab overturned a 10-point deficit early in the final frame and registered their fourth consecutive victory and seventh overall in 11 games.

Along with keeping their win run alive, they also scored just their second win at home.

Balkman’s energy and effort helped make that happen as he wound up with 20 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, six blocks, and three steals.

With all of their key cogs contributing, the Filipinos become only the second team to down Chong Son in the season.

Howard paced the Chinese team with 25 points and 18 rebounds while Filipino-American Mikh Mckinney chipped in 25 markers of his own on top of nine assists and six boards.

They still stand at solo second with a 6-2 record.

BOX SCORES

ALAB PILIPINAS 94 – Parks Jr. 31, Brownlee 20, Balkman 20, Urbiztondo 9, Domingo 8, Maierhofer 6, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Javelona 0

CHONG SON KUNG FU 91 – Mckinney 25, Howard 25, Tucker 24, Tiongson 11, Kamiran 6, Liu 0, He 0, Zhao 0, Luo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-24, 39-47, 62-65, 84-84, 94-91 (OT)

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