Alab Pilipinas finishes off q’finals sweep of fighting Saigon

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 07, 2018 10:05 PM
Alab Pilipinas finishes off q’finals sweep of Saigon
Ray Parks Jr. and the rest of Alab Pilipinas overcame a highly intense affair against Saigon

HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM - Alab Pilipinas has just proven it can win pretty and it can win ugly in its quarterfinals conquest in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

The Filipinos used total team effort once more, only this time to power through a very physical challenge put up by home team Saigon, 96-85, on Saturday at the CIS Arena.

This hardfought win, coupled with their Game 1 win where they came out on top in a high-scoring affair, sends them to the semifinals opposite defending champion Hong Kong.

That best-of-three series starts on Wednesday and as always, will be on S+A and S+A HD.

The two teams were all even at 40-all late in the second before a thunderous throwdown from Lo Domingo went back-to-back with a slam jam from Justin Brownlee in a 10-2 run for a 50-42 lead in favor of the Philippines early in the third.

Both the advantage and the momentum would never leave their side for the remainder of the game.

In the end, Domingo turned in the best game of the season with 21 points on top of six rebounds and three assists off the bench.

Renaldo Balkman posted a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double while Brownlee also pounded in 18 markers and 13 boards.

Pao Javelona and Ray Parks Jr. also added 11 and 10 points, respectively, as Alab continued to play its best basketball heading deeper into the season.

For the Heat, Akeem Scott showed the way with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

BOX SCORES

SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 96 — Balkman 21, Domingo 21, Brownlee 18, Javelona 11, Parks 10, Raymundo 6, Urbiztondo 6, Hontiveros 3, Celiz 0, Sumalinog 0.

SAIGON HEAT 85 — Scott 22, Esho 20, Morgan 17, Arnold 14, S. Nguyen 6, Williams 6, H. Nguyen 0, To QT 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 28-27, 46-42, 73-59, 96-85.

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