Alab Pilipinas still streaking after defending home court in Laguna

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 18, 2018 10:03 PM
Alab still streaking after defending home court in Laguna
For the first time ever, Alab Pilipinas has won back-to-back in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

There was no dreaming whatsoever for Taiwanese team Formosa in their first visit to the Philippines in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

With Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman, and Ray Parks Jr. all bringing their A-games on Sunday into the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna, Alab Pilipinas added to the woes of the Dreamers with a 117-93 rout.

Brownlee did his thing anew and was all over the court with 27 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals while Balkman posted another double-double of 21 markers and 14 boards on top of six dimes and five swats.

Following a slow start, Parks Jr. came alive in the third, firing more than half of his 15 points in the quarter to go along with a total of three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

It was also the reigning and defending Local MVP who scored eight points in the 19-7 burst that widened the Filipinos’ margin from five points to 79-62 late in the third.

The visitors would be unable to mount any uprising from that point and the Philippines cruised to an eighth consecutive victory.

Dondon Hontiveros also added 11 points while the bench also came up big with Lo Domingo and Oping Sumalinog chipping in 16 and 11 markers, respectively, to help Alab improve to an overall standing of 11-4.

They remain the hottest team in the league and their scorching streak has pulled them to within a hair of 9-3 and second-running Chong Son as well as 11-2 and league-leading Hong Kong.

The opposite rings true for the Dreamers who have now lost a dozen games in a row.

Cameron Forte led them in the losing effort with a 29-point, 21-rebound double-double.

BOX SCORES

SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 117 – Brownlee 27, Balkman 21, Domingo 16, Parks Jr. 15, Hontiveros 11, Sumalinog 11, Urbiztondo 9, Raymundo 3, Javelona 2, Alabanza 2, Celiz 0

FORMOSA DREAMERS 93 – Forte 29, Aguilar 20, Wu 18, Chen 10, Chien 7, Chou 4, Barratt 3, Yang 2, Li C 0, Tsai 0, Li P 0, Cheng 0

QUARTER SCORES: 28-19, 52-38, 79-66, 117-93

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