Alab fans flames for outright semis berth with 38-point win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 25, 2018 09:41 PM
Alab fans flames for outright semis berth with 38-point win
Ray Parks Jr. and Alab Pilipinas' big guns didn't have to do much heavy lifting as it was Pamboy Raymundo and Pao Javelona's time to shine

Alab Pilipinas is moving on to the next round of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League and everybody from their protagonists to their supporting cast is ready and raring to go.

Ray Parks Jr., Justin Brownlee, and Renaldo Balkman delivered as always, but unheralded Pamboy Raymundo and Pao Javelona were the stars of the show for once as the Filipinos gave a rude welcome to visiting CLS of Indonesia, 101-63, on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

Raymundo scored 20 points while Javelona collected 18 markers, 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals and the Philippines won by 38 points to end the elimination round.

With that, they remained in the running for a top two finish and the automatic advance into the semifinals it will entail.

Even with a 14-6 standing to end the eliminations, though, Alab’s chances are out of its hands as it will need to hope that Hong Kong gets the better of Chong Son on Wednesday.

Still, the wire-to-wire win is a big-time boost and the best games from Raymundo and Javelona are nothing but welcome.

The Filipinos were on fire right from tip-off and finished the game with a 56 percent clip from the field as well as 24 fastbreak points compared to their opponents’ six.

The all-out domination afforded Parks Jr., Brownlee, and Balkman some rest and none of them played more than 25 minutes.

Parks Jr. still wound up with 19 points while Brownlee and Balkman chipped in 11 markers apiece.

The Knights were paced by Shane Edwards who had 21 points. They wrap up their maiden season in the league with a 5-15 standing.


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