Alab Pilipinas crush Knights to keep top-2 chase burning

Paul Lintag on Mar 21, 2018 09:56 PM
Alab Pilipinas crush Knights to keep top-2 chase burning
Alab Pilipinas wins its 13th game in the ABL season after crushing the CLS Knights in Caloocan.

San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas' push for a top-2 spot is still in good shape.

Alab took care of homecourt Wednesday at the Caloocan Sports Complex, pounding on the visiting CLS Knights of Indonesia for a convincing 84-67 victory in the ASEAN Basketball League.

The Philippines moved up to 13-6 in the standings following back-to-back wins and are now tied with Mono Vampire for third place. Alab is also practically tied with defending champion Hong Kong (12-5) and they trail Chong Son of China (14-5) by one game.

In front of a raucous home crowd, Alab got off to a fast start, maintaining a good lead in the first half despite injury scares to import Renaldo Balkman and Pao Javelona.

Both players injured their ankles seven seconds apart late in the second quarter.

As the injuries piled up, Alab is already missing Josh Urbiztondo and Rob Celiz, Ray Parks took over, scoring 11 points in a brave third-quarter rally to break the game wide open.

Parks partnered Justin Brownlee in a sensational third period as Alab took a commanding 71-49 lead into the final 10 minutes.

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