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Mono Vampire pulls out of ABL amid suspended season

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Tournament-leader Mono Vampire of Thailand surprisingly withdraws from the ABL as the league postpones its games

Mike Singletary of Mono Vampire scores during their match against Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League in Caloocan Sports Complex, January 26. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIST: Philippine leagues suspended amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Local sports leagues and events are put on hold due to the virus pandemic

HIATUS. Sports action takes a break as major local leagues prioritize the safety of athletes and staff members.

Alab Pilipinas, Chinese teams ask ABL to suspend league operations

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:34 PM

As the number of virus cases worldwide continues to spike, Alab Pilipinas and other teams appeal to the ABL to suspend the regional games

ABL: Alab Pilipinas vs Macau Jan 5. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

ABL import quarantined due to coronavirus scare

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:37 AM

The ABL postpones several games as Singapore reinforcement Jameel McKay was on the same flight with a French national who tested positive for coronavirus

UNDER OBSERVATION. Jameel McKay will be quarantined for two weeks. File photo from PBA Images


Brownlee finally joins Alab Pilipinas after delayed return

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:37 PM

Justin Brownlee is expected to provide stability for Alab Pilipinas, which has dealt with inconsistency throughout the first half of the ABL season

BACK ON BOARD. Justin Brownlee hits the ground running with Alab Pilipinas. Photo from Facebook/@AlabPilipinasOfficial


Alab blasts Vietnam amid Brownlee controversy

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:52 PM

There’s still no sight of Justin Brownlee but Alab Pilipinas manages to pull off a convincing win this time

ABL Alab vs Saigon. SIZZLING. Law Domingo helps fuel Alab Pilipinas’ hot start against the Heat. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Justin Brownlee now missing in action from Alab Pilipinas

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:38 PM

After missing his flight last week, Justin Brownlee doesn’t show up again in Alab Pilipinas’ game

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kuala Lumpur blasts Alab Pilipinas as Brownlee debut delayed

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:33 PM

Alab Pilipinas absorbs a one-sided loss to Kuala Lumpur in what was supposed to be Justin Brownlee's comeback game in the ABL

NOT ENOUGH. Nick King paces Alab Pilipinas with 28 points in the losing effort. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Justin Brownlee returns to Alab Pilipinas

Feb 16, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Fresh from another title romp with Barangay Ginebra, Justin Brownlee looks to lend Alab Pilipinas the same winning magic

COMEBACK. Alab Pilipinas gets a big boost with the arrival of Justin Brownlee. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alapag rues inconsistency as Alab avoids upset axe

Feb 10, 2020 - 12:09 AM

Alab Pilipinas nearly squanders a massive double-digit lead against the ABL-worst Saigon Heat

ROCKY SEASON. Jimmy Alapag says the challenge for Alab Pilipinas moving forward is to figure out how to be consistent. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Alab Pilipinas weathers late Saigon storm to clinch home win

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Led by Nick King and Sam Deguara, Alab Pilipinas rediscovers its winning form for its ninth victory in 14 ABL games

TWO-WAY PLAYER. Nick King shines on both ends for Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Alab suffers 28-point loss to KL Dragons, snaps two-game win streak

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Alab Pilipinas snaps a two-game winning streak after a blowout loss to the Kuala Lumpur Dragons

BLOWOUT LOSS. Nick King only manages to chip in 13 points in Alab's loss to the KL Dragons. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab outhustles Singapore in revenge home game

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Alab Pilipinas notches its eighth win in 12 games after avenging a 21-point road loss to the Singapore Slingers

REVENGE. Jason Brickman builds on his newfound scoring aggressiveness with another productive outing. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Brickman-led Alab stuns Mono with 16-point swerve for OT win

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Jason Brickman's prolific showing keys a stunning turnaround as Alab Pilipinas shocks Thailand's Mono Vampire

CAREER-HIGH. Jason Brickman takes over in the final two quarters. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gray nets game-winning block as Alab survives late HK rally

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Fil-Am guard Jeremiah Gray saves Alab Pilipinas from a late meltdown against Hong Kong Eastern

Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab falls to Singapore as Alexander flirts with quad-dub

Jan 12, 2020 - 6:45 PM

A lifeless Alab Pilipinas squad absorbs a 21-point mauling against the Singapore Slingers on the road

SLIP UP. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas drop to 3rd place. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Gray erupts in spot start as Alab survives OJ Mayo-led Fubon

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:35 PM

The win propels Alab Pilipinas to a 5-2 standing for the season heading to a two-game road trip

X FACTOR. Alab Pilipinas' Jeremiah Gray on fire after hitting a clutch three against Taiwan Braves, in the ASEAN Basketball League on January 7, 2020. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Macau snaps Alab win streak in ABL thriller

Jan 05, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas suffers its second loss of the young ABL season

STREAK HALTED. It is back to the drawing board for Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


'Stockton-like' Brickman hungry for title with Alapag-led Alab

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'That’s what Jason Brickman does. He provides that stability and leadership at the point guard position,' says Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag

'JOHN STOCKTON'. Head coach Jimmy Alapag praises Jason Brickman as a 'John Stockton-like' guard in the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo from release

Deguara, Alab surge late in Mono revenge game

Dec 17, 2019 - 7:01 PM

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas exacts revenge on Mono Vampire after an embarrassing debut game loss a month ago

REINFORCEMENT. Samuel Deguara of Alab Pilipinas slams it home against Mono Vampire in the ASEAN Basketball League in Filoil Flying V Arena, Dec 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Monstrous 7-foot-5 Deguara 'proud' to side with Alab in rebuild

Dec 16, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Sam Deguara is now wearing his former foes' colors, hoping that his arrival can help Alab Pilipinas turn things around in a rebuilding season

Sam Deguara. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Wyatt steers Alab comeback as Deguara debuts

Dec 15, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Alab Pilipinas rallies past Singapore as Khalif Wyatt erupts for 20 points in the final quarter

BIG BOOST. Alab Pilipinas unveils a new threat in 7-foot-5 import Sam Deguara. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

New-look Alab nets breakthrough comeback win over Macau

Nov 27, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Fil-Am veteran Jason Brickman comes through the clutch and new recruit Jordan Heading delivers as Alab Pilipinas picks up its first triumph

BOUNCE BACK. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas rebound from a 35-point whipping against the Macau MOno Vampire. Photo from ABL

Alab Pilipinas obliterated in ABL season debut

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Two of Alab Pilipinas' 3 new imports struggle in a 35-point horror loss to Thailand's Mono Vampire

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Jason Brickman and Alab Pilipinas kick off their ABL campaign with a stinging loss. Photo from ABL


Balkman leaves Alab, replaced by NBA G-Leaguer Nick King

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Just a week before the new ABL season unfolds, Alab import Renaldo Balkman begs off from team duties due to a 'family matter'

Renaldo Balkman. File photo from Alab Pilipinas

Ex-NBA star OJ Mayo signs with ABL’s Fubon Braves

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Former NBA standout OJ Mayo teams up with Jeremy Lin’s brother Joseph in leading the debuting Taiwanese club

BIG BOOST. The Fubon Braves build their team around OJ Mayo. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Renaldo Balkman returns to Alab Pilipinas for 3rd ABL season

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Alab Pilipinas taps former NBA player Renaldo Balkman anew in its bid to reclaim the ABL crown

Renaldo Balkman. File photo from Alab Pilipinas

Parks, 2 other Pinoys make ABL all-time top 10 list

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Ray Parks, Leo Avenido, and Jerick Cañada boast storied careers in regional play to land on the list of ABL’s all-time best players

Ray Parks. Photo from ABL

Alapag raring to make up for lost Alab season with Brickman, Gray

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Alab coach Jimmy Alapag unveils some key additions as the Philippines looks to avoid another late-season collapse

REDEMPTION. Jimmy Alapag hopes to steer Alab Pilipinas back to the top. File photo by Jerrick Reymar/Rappler

Ray Parks nabs historic 3rd straight ABL local MVP plum

May 05, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The Alab Pilipinas stalwart becomes the first and only player in the nine-year history of the regional league to win 3 MVP trophies

BATTLE-SCARRED. Ray Parks will enter the PBA having made history in the ABL. Photo from ABL

PBA-bound Ray Parks says farewell to Alab Pilipinas

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:42 PM

After wrapping up his three-year stint with Alab Pilipinas, Ray Parks gears up for his long-awaited PBA debut

MOVING FORWARD. Ray Parks looks to deliver the same stellar performances in the local pro league.  File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hong Kong dethrones Alab Pilipinas in crushing quarters sweep

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Alab Pilipinas fails to defend its ABL crown as it fizzles out of the tournament with 6 straight losses

END OF THE ROAD. Michael Holyfield and Hong Kong Eastern deal PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas an earful – and later, a heartbreaker – in Game 2 of their quarterfinal duel. Photo from ABL

Alab on brink of elimination as HK pulls off quarters upset

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:48 PM

The skid continues for Alab Pilipinas as No. 7 Hong Kong stuns the defending champion in Game 1 of the ABL quarterfinals

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Saigon stuns reeling Alab Pilipinas, spoils Balkman return

Mar 24, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Alab Pilipinas heads to the playoffs as the No. 2 seed on a four-game losing skid

STRUGGLING. Ray Parks and Alab Pilipinas hope to regain their winning touch in the playoffs. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Brawl mars Alab Pilipinas-Taiwan game

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Tempers flare late in the game as Taiwan's Formosa Dreamers spoil Alab's perfect home record

THROWN OUT. Alab stalwart PJ Ramos gets ejected after figuring in a late skirmish. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Taiwan's Formosa outlasts banged-up Alab Pilipinas

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Alab Pilipinas plays minus Renaldo Balkman and 3 other key cogs, but still hangs on to the top spot despite the loss

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab running out of bodies as Balkman, Domingo go down

Mar 09, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'We are a banged up team. We already have half of our guys whose status are game-time decisions,' says Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag

INJURY LIST. Renaldo Balkman adds to Alab's growing injury list after suffering a concussion during their game against Macau. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fil-Am Mikh McKinney honored with Iverson comparisons

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Unleashing an eye-popping 50 points, Mikh McKinney definitely put on a show in his homecoming to the Philippines

ALL BUSINESS. Macau’s Fil-Am import Mikh McKinney gives Alab Pilipinas another scare. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab rallies past Macau, spoils McKinney's 50-point night

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The Alab Pilipinas Big 3 of PJ Ramos, Renaldo Balkman, and Ray Parks show up just when they're needed the most

SEALING THE DEAL. PJ Ramos fuels Alab Pilipinas’ strong closeout game against the Macau Black Bears. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas downs Singapore in bounce-back win

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos deliver the goods as Alab Pilipinas recovers from its worst loss in the ASEAN Basketball League

FULL CONTROL. Renaldo Balkman and Alab Pilipinas make sure to set the tone this time. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Hot-shooting Macau wallops Alab Pilipinas

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Black Bears maul Alab right from the get-go, outscoring them 38-11 in the 1st quarter

NOT ENOUGH. The huge double-double outing of Alab import Renaldo Balkman isn’t enough to turn the game around. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas blasts Travis-less Mono Vampire

Feb 23, 2019 - 6:44 PM

The defending ABL champion cruises to its 16th triumph against a Thai side sorely missing PBA champion import Romeo Travis

BACK AT IT. PJ Ramos quickly gets to work after a one-game suspension. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Playoff-bound Alab Pilipinas dominates Zhuhai anew

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Alab Pilipinas pulls away from the ABL pack after completing a season sweep of China's Zhuhai Wolf Warriors

STREAKY. Hot-shooting Caelan Tiongson (right) helps Alab Pilipinas erect a double-digit early against Chen Cai and the Wolf Warriors. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

PJ Ramos returns with triple-double in Alab's bounce-back win

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Alab Pilipinas cruises to a 26-point rout of China's Zhuhai Wolf Warriors to keep hold of the top spot

BACK IN FORM. There's no stopping Alab behemonth PJ Ramos this time. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HK downs Ramos-less Alab Pilipinas, Deguara hauls 31 boards

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Alab's 7-foot-3 banger PJ Ramos sits out due to food poisoning as Hong Kong's own 7-foot-5 giant Sam Deguara runs wild

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas clamps Hong Kong anew for 7th straight win

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Renaldo Balkman leads the pack as Alab Pilipinas stretches its winning streak to a season-best 7 games

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Returning Ray Parks drops 23 in Alab Pilipinas win vs Saigon

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Ray Parks impresses in his return from a three-game injury layoff with 23 points and 7 assists

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas rips up Zhuhai, runs win streak to 5

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The defending ABL champions comfortably remain up top with an 11-2 record

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Renaldo Balkman records a double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Ramos brushes off Deguara: 'I'm a dirtier person'

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:29 PM

PJ Ramos gets the last laugh even after Sam Deguara tried getting under his skin

LAST LAUGH. PJ Ramos (right) steps up to protect his team mates as he claimed that Sam Deguara almost injured Renaldo Balkman. Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Romeo Travis signs with Mono Vampire after Jason Brickman release

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Magnolia Hotshots champion import Romeo Travis is set to replace Mono Vampire's Jason Brickman

NEW ADVENTURE. Mono Vampire acquires the services of Romeo Travis after the import wins a PBA title with Magnolia. Photo by PBA Images