Streaking Alab survives Fil-Am McKinney's 50-point eruption

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 08, 2019 08:18 PM
Streaking Alab survives Fil-Am McKinney's 50-point eruption
Ray Parks Jr., Renaldo Balkman, and PJ Ramos got together to take down white-hot Mikh McKinney

Filipino-American Mikh McKinney was on-point for Macau on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

When it mattered most, however, it was Alab Pilipinas that turned it on.

Raining down 55 points in the second half, the Filipinos got the better of the one-man show for the Black Bears for a 101-96 decision in the clash of heavyweights in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League.

Of course, it was the Puerto

Filipino-American Mikh McKinney was on-point for Macau on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

When it mattered most, however, it was Alab Pilipinas that turned it on.

Raining down 55 points in the second half, the Filipinos got the better of the one-man show for the Black Bears for a 101-96 decision in the clash of heavyweights in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League.

Of course, it was the Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos as well as back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. who showed the way.

Balkman flirted with a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and eight points while Ramos posted a 29-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Parks Jr. also added 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists to help the Philippines score its third win in a row and 19th overall in 23 games.

That didn't look to be the case in the earlygoing, however, as McKinney, a scoring dynamo with Filipino blood, shot the visitors to a lead of as much as 11, 57-46, at the half.

Macau was still ahead by 10, 72-62, at the three-minute mark of the third until the home team just turned it on, going on a 21-5 tear that, all of a sudden, put them ahead, 83-77, early in the final frame.

Still, Black Bears kept coming and McKinney's basket and bonus pulled them within 91-95 inside the last three minutes only to see Balkman, Ramos, and Parks Jr. turn them away once and for all.

In all, those three combined for all but 11 of Alab's 55 points in the second half.

That was more than enough to frustrate McKinney who wound up with a white-hot 50 points in 17-of-29 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists.

BOX SCORES

ALAB PILIPINAS 101 - Ramos 29, Balkman 26, Parks 22, Domingo 11, Javelona 6, Alvano 4, Urbiztondo 3, Alabanza 0, Sumalinog 0, Torres 0.

MACAU BLACK BEARS 96 - McKinney 50, Watkins 25, Leung 11, Tian 6, King 3, Lai 1, Yu 0, Liu 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 25-31, 46-57, 78-76, 101-96.

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Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos as well as back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. who showed the way.

Balkman flirted with a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and eight points while Ramos posted a 29-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Parks Jr. also added 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists to help the Philippines score its third win in a row and 19th overall in 23 games.

That didn't look to be the case in the earlygoing, however, as McKinney, a scoring dynamo with Filipino blood, shot the visitors to a lead of as much as 11, 57-46, at the half.

Macau was still ahead by 10, 72-62, at the three-minute mark of the third until the home team just turned it on, going on a 21-5 tear that, all of a sudden, put them ahead, 83-77, early in the final frame.

Still, Black Bears kept coming and McKinney's basket and bonus pulled them within 91-95 inside the last three minutes only to see Balkman, Ramos, and Parks Jr. turn them away once and for all.

In all, those three combined for all but 11 of Alab's 55 points in the second half.

That was more than enough to frustrate McKinney who wound up with a white-hot 50 points.

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