Alab Pilipinas train Dragons to remain ABL's top team

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 25, 2019 09:35 PM
Alab Pilipinas train Dragons to remain ABL's top team
Alab Pilipinas finally got payback on the Malaysian side which put the first blemish on its record

There was no close contest, there was no comeback, and there were no questions as Alab Pilipinas dueled Malaysia once more on Friday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

Dominating from tip-off to final buzzer, the Filipinos exacted revenge on the Dragons, the first squad to have downed them in the tournament, via a convincing 85-47 victory.

That was the third win in a row for the defending champions – this latest one, most importantly, keeping them alone atop the leaderboard now at 9-2.

The decision was yet to be determined for all of the first eight minutes as the two teams were still on level ground at 12-all.

It was at that point, however, that hulking Puerto Rican PJ Ramos detonated a 38-8 explosion for, all of a sudden, a massive 50-20 advantage in favor of Alab.

Through that timeframe that that went from late in the first quarter to the 6:28 mark of the third period, Ramos outscored all of their opponents by his lonesome, pounding in 13 points.

The Filipinos would never look back and stayed spotless at home in the season.

This was a total turnaround from two weeks ago when the Malaysians took it to the Philippines before pulling off a 72-71 upset in Kuala Lumpur.

Ramos ensured there would be no such thing in this one, totaling 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Balkman had a low-key, for his high standards, showing of 13 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while young court general Ethan Alvano also added eight markers, five boards, and three dimes.

Jonathan Wong, the hero for the Dragons in the first meeting, was shut down to only five points this time around. Winston Shepard topped the scoring column for them with 12 points.

BOX SCORES

ALAB PILIPINAS 85 – Ramos 25, Balkman 13, Javelona 11, Alvano 8, Rosser 8, Domingo 6, Tiongson 4, Torres 4, Alabanza 4, Rivero 2, Urbiztondo 0, Sumalinog 0

MALAYSIA 47 – Shepard 12, Eversley 10, Egwu 8, Yek 6, Wong 5, Loh 2, Tan 2, Chiang 2, CChin 0, Chan 0, Z Chin 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-13, 37-20, 67-38, 85-47

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