ABL: Alab Pilipinas fizzles out as Black Bears fire away in Macau

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 27, 2019 09:28 PM
Alab Pilipinas fizzles out as Black Bears fire away in Macau
Alab Pilipinas got beaten up by Macau, but still remains alone atop the leaderboard

Alab Pilipinas has been dealt its worst defeat in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League.

With their defense out of sync and Renaldo Balkman, PJ Ramos, and Ray Parks Jr. out of rhythm all game long, the Filipinos fell to on-point home team Macau, 116-103, on Wednesday at the University of Macau Sports Complex.

The Black Bears didn’t waste time getting into their groove, firing 13 points in the first three minutes.

The same couldn’t be said of the Philippines which just couldn’t buy a basket and dug for itself a 11-38 hole after the opening salvo.

They would bring down their deficit to 12 in the endgame, but by then, Macau was already playing its reserves.

Balkman wound up with a 33-point, 11-rebound double-double, but also turned the ball over seven times. Ramos also added 19 markers and 14 boards while Parks Jr. chipped in 18 points and six assists.

In all, Alab shot only 5-of-18 from behind the arc and 12-of-26 from the line to suffer just their fourth loss in 20 games.

At the same time, they allowed Filipino-American Mikh Mckinney to wax hot for 40 points. Fellow reinforcements Anthony Tucker and Ryan Watkins also posted double-doubles with the former finishing with 25 points and 15 assists and the latter ending with 20 markers and 15 rebounds for the Black Bears.

The 13-point romp was, by far, their worst defeat, supplanting their five-point loss to Hong Kong two weeks ago.

Balkman and company try to bounce back up against the Slingers on Sunday in Singapore.

BOX SCORES

MACAU BLACK BEARS 116 – McKinney 40, Tucker 25, Watkins 20, Tian 10, King 7, Yu 6, Lai 5, Liu 3.

ALAB PILIPINAS 103 – Balkman 33, Ramos 19, Parks 18, Rosser 9, Urbiztondo 8, Alvano 6, Domingo 6, Javelona 4, Tiongson 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 38-11, 65-40, 98-71, 116-103.

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