Fil-Am McKinney sends Alab to its first losing skid in this year's ABL
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 15, 2019 09:24 PM
Fil-Am gunner Mikh McKinney has averaged 46.5 points in his last two games up against Alab Pilipinas (FILE PHOTO)
For the second straight game in the continuation of the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League, Alab Pilipinas was not at full strength.
And for the second straight game, that was just too much to overcome against a top-flight opponent.
Without Renaldo Balkman and two other key cogs sidelined, PJ Ramos and Ray Parks Jr. gave it their all, but the Filipinos still succumbed to a Macau side, 84-114, which was bolstered by its home crowd inside the University of Macau Sports Complex on Friday.
The Philippines has been bitten by the injury bug as of late and this time around, Puerto Rican reinforcement Balkman was inactive alongside reserves Lo Domingo and Brandon Rosser.
Still, Ramos and Parks Jr. made sure their team put up a fight and the former finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, and four assists while the latter ended with 12 markers, eight boards, and three dimes.
However, Alab still had no answer for Mikh McKinney who caught fire right from tip-off.
It was also the Filipino-American gunner who was at the forefront as Macau scorched the earth and outscored their opponents, 95-60, in the last three periods.
This, after he dropped 50 points in a losing effort against the Filipinos at the Filoil Flying V Centre a week ago.
This time around, McKinney made sure his 43-point outburst was all worth it as he shot the Black Bears back into the win column now at 13-11.
At the same time, the Fil-Am scoring dynamo shot down the Philippines to its first back-to-back losses in the season.
Now at 18-6, Alab has 17-6 Formosa breathing down its neck for the top-seed in the upcoming playoffs.
Veteran Josh Urbiztondo added 16 points in the losing effort for the Filipino squad which was down to nine men.
MACAU BLACK BEARS 114 - McKinney 43, Spencer 42, Leung 12, Tian 5, Watkins 4, King 5, Liu 3, Lai 0, Un 0, Chan 0.
ALAB PILIPINAS 84 - Ramos 24, Urbiztondo 16, Parks 12, Rivero 10, Alvano 8, Torres 5, Tiongson 4, Javelona 3, Sumalinog 2.
QUARTER SCORES: 19-24, 51-45, 83-65, 114-84.
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