ABL: Malaysia extinguishes red-hot Alab Pilipinas

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 09, 2019 10:30 PM
ABL: Malaysia extinguishes red-hot Alab Pilipinas
Renaldo Balkman and Alab Pilipinas have just suffered their first setback in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League (FILE PHOTO)

Just as Alab Pilipinas could not get going the way they usually do, Malaysia just seemed to be able to hit the mark all game long at home in the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Torching the nets to the tune of a total of 14 triples before Jonathan Wong took care of the game-winner, the Dragons doused cold water on the defending champions with a well-earned 72-71 win in the continuation of the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League.

The Filipinos were up by five with six minutes remaining and one with 31.6 ticks to go, but Wong kept the home team in the game all throughout with a total of 21 points on top of six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

It was also the Singaporean reinforcement who willed in a layup over Caelan Tiongson to lift Malaysia to just its third win in six games.

Still, without a doubt, this is their biggest win of the season – becoming the first team to put a blemish on the Philippines’ record.

Of course, Wong was no one-man show as Nnanna Egwu and Chris Eversley also made an impact with 21 and 15 points, respectively. They also combined for five of the Malaysians’ total triples that, in all, frustrated their opponents.

Alongside being unable to defend the three-point line, Alab also lacked contributions from its locals as only Puerto Rican reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos proved effective with the former finishing with 31 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists and the latter ending with his own 16-marker, 11-board double-double to go along with five dimes.

Back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. just had five points to his name as he and his squad suffered their first setback in six games.

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