ABL: Big 3 comes to play to carry Alab Pilipinas over Mono Vampire in Game 3
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 28, 2018 06:29 PM
Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Ray Parks Jr. all did their part to grant Alab Pilipinas a 2-1 lead in the ABL Finals
BANGKOK, THAILAND - Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee and Ray Parks Jr. all came up big just when Alab Pilipinas needed them the most in Game 3 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals.
Balkman was still a force, Brownlee was still effective despite his injury, and Parks Jr. was still the back-to-back Local MVP as they propelled the Filipinos to a well-earned 99-93 win up against home team Mono Vampire on Saturday at the Stadium 29 here.
Balkman posted a 24-point, 16-rebound double-double on top of seven assists, four steals, and two blocks while Brownlee, who was a gametime decision due to a leg injury, also pounded in 27 markers and 12 boards.
At the onset, the two reinforcements steadied the ship for the Philippines in the face of fired-up Mono and their home crowd.
In the endgame, though, it was Parks Jr. who took over with eight points in the last 2:32.
Alab’s 11-point lead inside the last five minutes turned to just 83-87 before the reigning and defending two-time Local MVP went off.
He first hit a three which was answered by Jason Brickman’s own long bomb, hit another three which was answered by Mike Singletary’s long two and Teerawat Chanthachon’s inside basket to pull Vampire within 90-93.
Off a timeout, however, Parks Jr. just found a way through the standout defense of Paul Zamar to swish a jumper that took the fight out of the home team once and for all.
The Filipino pride wound up with a season-high 30 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
His scoring output was the most by a local player in the postseason in the eight-year history of the ABL.
He, Balkman, and Brownlee hope to do it all again in Game 4 on Thursday still at the same venue. If they do so, the ABL crown comes home to the Philippines for the first time since 2018.
Not about to let that happen so easily, however, are the Thais who will still be playing at home.
Singletary topped the scoring column for them in this one with 29 points while Sam Deguara was slowed down, for his standards, to just 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Filipino-American Brickman also had 11 points and 12 assists while full-blooded Filipino Zamar chipped in 16 points, six assists, and six rebounds.
SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 99 – Parks Jr. 30, Brownlee 27, Balkman 24, Raymundo 5, Urbiztondo 5, Domingo 4, Hontiveros 2, Javelona 2, Alabanza 0
MONO VAMPIRE 93 – Singletary 29, Deguara 19, Zamar 16, Brickman 11, Chanthachon 10, Apiromvilaichai 8, Klahan 0, Phuangla 0, Sunthonsiri 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-20, 48-50, 75-67, 99-93
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