ABL: HK pounces on Ramos absence to douse cold water on Alab

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 13, 2019 10:14 PM
ABL: HK pounces on Ramos absence to douse cold water on Alab
Ray Parks Jr. gave his all, but PJ Ramos-less Alab Pilipinas still fell short against Sam Deguara and Hong Kong

There was no PJ Ramos and so, Alab Pilipinas had to exert extra effort up against home team Hong Kong.

Ray Parks Jr. gave the Filipinos just that but, in the end, the Filipinos succumbed to full-force Eastern, 88-83, on Wednesday at the Southorn Stadium

Unable to overcome the absence of their hulking Puerto Rican reinforcement, they saw their seven-game win run come to an end while also suffering their third setback in 16 games in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League.

The Philippines found itself in a 14-point hole in the opening salvo, but, slowly but surely, clawed their way out.

At the forefront was Parks Jr. who had all but two points in the 15-0 run that erased a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter and erected a 77-71 advantage at the six-minute mark of the final frame.

Towering Sam Deguara had the answer for Hong Kong, however, imposing his will at both ends to front their own 11-0 spurt for an 82-77 lead.

Renaldo Balkman’s triple kept Alab within striking distance, but they were kept at bay once and for all by two free throws from Marcus Elliott.

Back-to-back Local MVP Parks Jr. wound up with 29 points, five rebounds, and three assists while Balkman had 14 markers, 12 boards, and five dimes of his own.

Clearly, though, the Filipinos missed the presence of Ramos who was out due to food poisoning.

Without him, Deguara ran roughshod inside for 18 points and 30 rebounds while fellow import also posted a 19-marker, 20-board double-double for Eastern.

BOX SCORES

HONG KONG EASTERN 88 – Holyfield 19, Deguara 18, Lee 17, Elliott 13, Chan 9, Lau 6, Tang 3, Lam 3, Siu 0, Yang 0, Xu 0.

ALAB PILIPINAS 83 – Parks 29, Balkman 14, Alvano 11, Urbiztondo 11, Tiongson 9, Domingo 6, Alabanza 2, Rosser 1, Javelona 0, Rivero 0, Torres 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 27-15, 43-36, 71-64, 88-83

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