Alab Pilipinas weathers Singapore storm to stay spotless in ABL

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 23, 2018 09:52 PM
Alab weathers Singapore storm to stay spotless in ABL
Defending champion Alab Pilipinas is, so far, the class of the 2018-2019 ABL

Alab Pilipinas may have been the last team to make their debut in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League, but once they did, they wasted no time making noise.

Fresh off a convincing victory over second-running Formosa, the Filipinos also outclassed third-ranked Singapore with a well-earned 77-71 win on their home floor at the Caloocan Sports Complex on Sunday.

With two wins against the erstwhile hottest squads in the span of three days, the Philippines is now off to a 4-0 start in its title defense.

This contest was close for the first eight minutes and the Slingers actually led by one until the home team ignited a 13-3 blast that boosted them to a 30-21 advantage in their favor at the midway mark of the second quarter.

Singapore would not quit just yet and import John Fields, who once played for Columbian in the PBA, scored eight unanswered points inside the last two minutes to pull them within 71-75 only to see Ray Parks Jr. convert his couple of charities to put the game away once and for all for Alab.

Parks Jr., the back-to-back Local MVP, wound up with 18 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a block to make sure they remained alone atop the leaderboard.

The Puerto Rican pair of PJ Ramos and Renaldo Balkman also remained a force for Alab with the former finishing with 26 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists and the latter ending with 20-marker, 16-board double-double to go along with three blocks.

The Filipinos now have triumphs over the two teams right behind them in the standings. This, after they had to wait one month since the season started to play their first game.

On the other hand, Singapore suffered a second straight setback to fall to 5-3.

BOX SCORES

ALAB PILIPINAS 77 – Ramos 26, Balkman 20, Parks 18, Tiongson 7, Alvano 4, Rosser 2, Domingo 0, Urbiztondo 0, Javelona 0.

SINGAPORE SLINGERS 71 – Fields 35, Young 17, Alexander 10, Goh 6, Ng 3, Low 0, Lim 0, Tay 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 43-31, 62-55, 77-71.

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