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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

Alab Pilipinas blasts Hong Kong anew in battle of giants

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos gets the better of his matchup with Hong Kong's 7-foot-5 behemoth Sam Deguara

Alab Pilipinas destroys Malaysia by 38 in revenge match

Jan 25, 2019 - 10:10 PM

PJ Ramos and Alab Pilipinas make sure there will be no heartbreaker this time as they thoroughly whip Westports Malaysia

BEHEMOTH. PJ Ramos makes the most of his height and heft to fuel Alab’s one-sided win. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

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 Pilipinas halts late Singapore Slingers comeback

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Alab remains the only undefeated team in the ASEAN Basketball League with a clean 4-0 slate

UNDEFEATED. PJ Ramos Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Alab Pilipinas drops Formosa with late rally for 3rd straight win

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Alab remains undefeated in the league, while the Dreamers lose twice in a row

 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

Faster, bigger: Alab Pilipinas raring to start ABL title defense

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Two-time reigning local MVP Ray Parks is set to return with the squad along with Defensive Player of the Year and former NBA player Renaldo Balkman

KEY PLAYER. 8th ASEAN Basketball League Defensive Player of the Year Renaldo Balkman returns to reinforce the squad. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Renaldo Balkman returns as Alab boosts ABL title-retention bid

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The do-it-all import will be teaming up with fellow Puerto Rican and 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos

CHAMP. Renaldo Balkman looks to bring in his championship pedigree for defending ABL titlist Alab Pilipians. Photo from ABL's official website


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