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Alab Pilipinas bests Mono Vampire in thrilling Finals rematch

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Hell-bent on defending home court, Alab Pilipinas regroups late in the game to edge Thailand in overtime in the ASEAN Basketball League

MASKED MAN. Alab Pilipinas star Ray Parks, who’s wearing a protective face mask due to a recent injury, plays a key role in the final stretch. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas recovers from heartbreak, downs Macau

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Renaldo Balkman takes charge as Alab Pilipinas rebounds from a recent one-point loss in the ABL

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas absorbs 2nd loss after Formosa game-winner

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Another one-point heartbreaker sends Alab reeling to its second loss in 3 games in the ASEAN Basketball League

LUCKLESS. Alab Pilipinas winds up sharing the top spot after another painful loss. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas rebounds with rout of Hong Kong

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:23 PM

PJ Ramos and Ray Parks take charge as Alab Pilipinas gets back on the winning track in the ASEAN Basketball League

HOTSHOT. Import PJ Ramos flirts with a triple-double in Alab’s sixth victory. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Malaysia Dragons deal Alab Pilipinas' 1st loss in ABL stunner

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas import Renaldo Balkman winds up doing the heavy lifting as local support goes cold on the road

HEARTBREAKER. Alab’s Renaldo Balkman posts a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds in the heartbreaking loss. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas stays perfect after easy win vs Wolf Warriors

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:48 PM

Rookie point guard Ethan Alvano delivers as Alab Pilipinas stretches its unbeaten run to 5 in the ABL

CRUISE CONTROL. Ethan Alvano and Alab Pilipinas prove too much for the visiting Wolf Warriors. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab survives CLS Indonesia in rematch for 2nd straight win

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:01 PM

Needing an extra period this time, Alab Pilipinas leans on Renaldo Balkman to dispose of CLS Knights Indonesia in the Asean Basketball League

MONSTER DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Renaldo Balkman drops a huge double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds to power Alab Pilipinas to back-to-back wins. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ray Parks to skip PBA Draft ceremony for Alab game

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:22 PM

A consensus top 3 pick, the 25-year-old has decided to fly to Indonesia and suit up for Alab Pilipinas in its Asean Basketball League game this Sunday

DELAYED DEBUT. Ray Parks will likely see action in the PBA in May or June next year. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas destroys CLS by 27 to start ABL title defense

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Imports Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos team up as Alab Pilipinas overwhelms the visiting Indonesian squad

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Fil-Am Joshua Munzon eyes PH as next stop

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:50 PM

After spending two years in the ABL as a heritage import, the Filipino-American sees himself playing in the country in the future

WEIGHING OPTIONS. Joshua Munzon is weighing options whether to join the Pampanga Lanterns in the MPBL or join the PBA D-League. Photo from Power Sport Images


Jimmy Alapag credits Norman Black, NBA’s Stevens, Popovich for champion coaching mentality

May 15, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The ABL champion coach worked to prove everyone wrong as he led an initially last-placed team to a title

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. Jimmy Alapag's advice to aspiring coaches is to be prepared to watch countless videos until the wee hours in the morning.

Rappler Talk Sports: Jimmy Alapag on Alab Pilipinas’ ABL championship romp

May 12, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Rookie mentor Jimmy Alapag drops by the Rappler office to share his thoughts on coaching and Alab's surprise run

From ABL to MPBL: Ray Parks says PBA stint still up in the air

May 10, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The former National University stalwart, along with 3 Alab players, are set to see action with Mandaluyong in the MPBL

HIGH FLYER. Ray Parks finds success almost everywhere he goes. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

From choker to champion: Renaldo Balkman wins back Filipino hearts

May 03, 2018 - 7:19 PM

No longer the temperamental player who shockingly choked Arwind Santos, the former PBA import redeems himself in the ABL

SECOND CHANCE. Renaldo Balkman says playing for a Philippine club team again is 'like a dream come true.' Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

On fire all night, Alab Pilipinas brings back ABL championship

May 02, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Ray Parks bags the Finals MVP as former PBA star Jimmy Alapag caps his rookie coaching stint with a title

CHAMP. Ray Parks puts on a show to help Alab Pilipinas capture the ABL crown and run away with the Finals MVP award. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Mono Vampire forces do-or-die Game 5 over Alab Pilipinas in ABL finals

Apr 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Thailand-based squad defends its home court this time around

EQUALIZER. The Mono Vampire knot their best-of-5 finals duel against Alab Pilipinas to 2-all. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Parks drops 30 as Alab defangs Mono Vampire for 2-1 ABL finals lead

Apr 28, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman team up for 51 points and 28 rebounds in the win

ON THE BRINK. Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Alab are a win away from giving the Philippines its first ABL championship since 2013. File photo by ABL


'Trust me, it’s not over yet,' Balkman says as Alab targets bounce-back win

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The former NBA player wins ABL Defensive Player of the Year, but his team fails to defend home court

BIG THREE. Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Ray Parks vow to lead Alab Pilipinas to a road win. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Thailand's Mono Vampire deals Alab Pilipinas Game 2 heartbreaker

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Alab falls short in thriller as the visiting squad levels the best-of-five ABL Finals series

SPOILER. Mono Vampire spoils Ray Parks’ MVP coronation by stealing Game 2 from Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Parks nabs 2nd straight ABL Local MVP, Balkman nets Defensive Player honor

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Sensational all season, Bobby Ray Parks Jr posts averages of 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Alab Pilipinas

CAPTAIN. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. embraces his leadership role. File photo from ABL Facebook page

Even after a 46-point explosion, Brownlee counts on Alab teammates

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:57 AM

'One man can't do it,' says the former Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import as Alab Pilipinas shoots for a 2-0 finals series lead

HERCULES. Alab coach Jimmy Alapag describes Brownlee's 44-minute performance in Game 1 as a “Hercules-type” effort. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alapag compares Fil-Am Jason Brickman to John Stockton

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Leave it to an all-time great to find another potential great

BIG FAN. 'His basketball IQ is off the charts," Jimmy Alapag says of standout guard Jason Brickman. Photo from Asean Basketball League

Brownlee drops 46, ties Balkman's scoring record in Alab's Game 1 win

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:01 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas slips past Thailand's Mono Vampire to take a 1-0 lead in the ABL title series

SCORING MACHINE. Justin Brownlee teams up with Renaldo Balkman for 87 points. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas sweeps defending ABL champion HK Eastern, secures finals berth

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas now awaits the winner of the semis series between Chong Son Kung Fu and Mono Vampire

FINALS-BOUND. Alab Pilipinas sweeps Hong Kong Eastern in the 8th ASEAN Basketball League semis. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Balkman’s record 46 points ensures Alab’s Game 1 stunner over champion HK Eastern

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:42 PM

Double-doubles by Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee and Bobby Ray Parks ignite Game 1 victory of Alab Pilipinas in ABL semifinals

Alab sweeps Saigon in q'finals, sets semis date with Hong Kong

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Renaldo Balkman and Lawrence Domingo combine for 42 points as the Alab Pilipinas advance to the final four of the ASEAN Basketball League

ON TO THE NEXT. Renaldo Balkman submits a double-double as Alab Pilipinas advance to the semifinals of the ASEAN Basketball League. File photo by ABL


Despite historic ABL win, coach Jimmy Alapag thinks Alab still 'far from sharp'

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Discontented coach Jimmy Alapag looks to do “a lot of homework” for Game 2 despite San Miguel Alab Pilipinas' groundbreaking victory over Saigon Heat in quarterfinals of ASEAN Basketball League

MY FAULT. Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag faults himself for what he thinks was a lackluster game despite their victory over Saigon Heat in Game 1 of the ABL quarterfinals. File photo

Alab Pilipinas draws first blood in quarterfinals series with Saigon Heat

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:47 PM

Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Justin Brownlee combine for 46 points in the win

STEPPING UP. Bobby Ray Parks Jr registers a team-high 24 points for Alab Pilipinas. File photo from ABL Facebook page


Alab Pilipinas wrecks CLS Knights by 38, clinches 3rd seed in ABL

Mar 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas ends elimination round with a 14-6 win-loss record and a chance for an outright semis berth in the Asean Basketball League

ABL Alab vs Knights March 25 2018. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas survives injury woes to rout CLS Knights

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Even without Balkman's reinforcement in the second half, Alab Pilipinas proves why they deserve to be on top of the ABL

STEPPING UP. Paolo Javelona steps up for Josh Urbiztondo as Alab's starting point guard. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas torches Saigon Heat in thrilling Davao match

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:23 PM

After two unsuccessful away games, Alab Pilipinas earns its confidence back at home

TEAM LEADER. Renaldo Balkman shows the crowd whose team wanted it more as Alab Pilipinas snaps their two-game losing streak. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas picks up 2nd straight loss against Kung Fu

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Alab's loss gives Kung Fu a solo second seed hold

BURDEN. The burden was on Renaldo Balkman as his efforts lifted Alab Pilipinas despite the loss. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Westports Malaysia Dragons stun streaking Alab Pilipinas in ABL

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The heartbreaking setback ended the 8-game winning run of Alab Pilipinas

HALTED. Despite the presence of Renaldo Balkman, Alab Pilipinas slips in the Asean Basketball League. Photo from Alab Pilipinas Facebook

Alab Pilipinas sends Formosa Dreamers to their 12th straight loss

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Alab Pilipinas earns their 8th straight victory in the ASEAN Basketball League

MAGIC 8. Justin Brownlee leads Alab Pilipinas once again. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Undersized Balkman leads Alab past Mono Vampire for 6th straight win

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Alab Pilipinas repeats their victory over Mono Vampire

31 POINTS. Renaldo Balkman goes head-to-head with Samuel Deguara and still manages to tally 31 points and 13 rebounds. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Miguel takes over Alab Pilipinas in the ABL

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The new-look San Miguel Alab Pilipinas plays Sunday

SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS. Alab welcomes a new name care of their sponsors San Miguel, Petron and Magnolia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After scoring 31 points, Ray Parks slams critics of Alab's locals

Feb 01, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The win of Alab Pilipinas at home, while only its 2nd in 5 tries, stands as a proof of what the team's locals can do

Bobby Ray Parks - Gilas Practice. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

Alab blazes to an overtime comeback win over Chongson Kung Fu

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Alab secures second victory at home and improves to a 7-4 record in the ABL

BREAKTHROUGH. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. finally makes a season-high of 31 points with Alab Pilipinas in this edition of the ABL. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab survives thriller vs Saigon Heat

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Alab Pilipinas hand the Saigon Heat their 3rd straight defeat

RESILIENCE. Renaldo Balkman goes down in the second period, but manages to topscore for Alab Pilipinas with a double-double. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas bounces back big with lopsided victory over Mono Vampire

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The Philippine team keeps its promise to show 'unselfish basketball' in the ASEAN Basketball League

UNSELFISH BASKETBALL. Brownlee leads Alab in scoring and passing. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Renaldo Balkman wants to meet with Arwind Santos over lunch

Jan 11, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Balkman and Santos have let bygones be bygones

LUNCH? Renaldo Balkman will be looking for our local "Spiderman" Santos. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Singapore Slingers exact revenge on Alab Pilipinas in ABL rematch

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Alab Pilipinas fails to nab their 4th straight win in the ABL

Balkman, Brownlee power Alab Pilipinas to 3rd straight victory

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Alab Pilipinas avenges their lackluster performance against the Slingers in their last meeting

SPARK. Renaldo Balkman sparks the Alab Pilipinas offense in the second half. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Renaldo Balkman hopes for a second chance in the PBA

Jan 04, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Renaldo Balkman hopes to earn his redemption on the court, both with his play and his attitude

BACK IN THE GAME. Renaldo Balkman holds out hope that he can one day serve as an import again in the PBA despite being banned for a choking incident. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

With Ginebra or Alab, Justin Brownlee loves the Philippines, and the feeling is mutual

Jan 04, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Justin Brownlee loves the Philippines so much, he jokes about wanting to be the next Gilas import

BACK IN PH. After knocking down back-to-back triples for Alab Pilipinas, Brownlee was showered with "Ginebra" chants from the sizable crowd. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alapag kept his 3-year promise to bring Balkman back to PH basketball

Jan 04, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Jimmy Alapag first spoke to Renaldo Balkman about playing again in the Philippines at the 2014 World Cup. It came to fruition Wednesday in San Juan

RETURN TO PHILIPPINES. 'I’m still thanking [Alapag] because he kept his promise so I’ll keep my promise to him of winning a championship,' says Renaldo Balkman. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Renaldo Balkman comes up big in his Alab Pilipinas debut

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:20 PM

Balkmans shows what he is capable of in Alab's victory over the Dragons

PEACE. After his incident in the PBA, Balkman has gone one with his basketball career in peace. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Balkman, Brownlee make immediate impact as Alab Pilipinas defeats Malaysia

Jan 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Alab Pilipinas ends a 3-game losing streak as Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman make their presence felt in the ABL

RETURN. Renaldo Balkman was victorious in his first game in the Philippines since being banned from the PBA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Renaldo Balkman will return to PH basketball with Alab Pilipinas

Jan 01, 2018 - 2:50 AM

Balkman and Justin Brownlee will reinforce the Tanduay Alab Pilipinas team in the ASEAN Basketball League

BACK IN THE COUNTRY. Renaldo Balkman will try to redeem himself with Filipino fans in his first stint in the Philippines since being being banned from the PBA. Photo by Pedja Milosavljevic/AFP

‘Alay Para Atleta’ launched to support PH para athletes

Jun 10, 2017 - 8:31 PM

The nationwide campaign seeks to involve the public in the Philippine paralympic movement