Alab scares off visiting Indonesians for strong start in ABL title defense
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 09, 2018 09:51 PM
Even with just two World Imports, Alab Pilipinas may very well be better than ever.
STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – In just its first game in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League, Alab Pilipinas is already as good as advertised.
Renaldo Balkman picked up where he left off, PJ Ramos powered his way through anything and everything, and the Filipinos pounded on outmatched CLS of Indonesia for a 94-67 decision on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here.
The Philippines wasted no time in showing off its new and improved firepower as Balkman, their returning reinforcement, did damage from the outside just as Ramos, their new hulking help, had his way inside.
Those two merged for 17 points in the opening salvo, by themselves outscoring the Knights who only mustered 14 in the same timeframe.
The Alab lead would only balloon to as much as 31.
Balkman wound up with 33 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks while Ramos had 20 markers, 13 boards, and five dimes.
Back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. , with just 10 points and two assists, didn’t even have to do much for the Filipinos to get off its title defense off on the right foot.
Maxie Esho topped the scoring column for the Indonesians with 20 points. They fall to 1-4 in the season.
The two teams meet again a week from now, only that time, in Surabaya.
ALAB PILIPINAS 94 – Balkman 33, Ramos 20, Parks Jr. 10, Domingo 6, Rosser 6, Alvano 5, Tiongson 4, Javelona 4, Urbiztondo 3, Torres 3, Alabanza 0, Rivero 0
CLS KNIGHTS 67 – Esho 20, Hurt 19, Utomo 12, Brandon 7, Baskoro 3, Jawato 2, Wong 2, Panagan 2, Kurniawan 0, Hidayat 0, Nugroho 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-14, 46-27, 74-67, 94-67
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