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

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

Glenn Michael Tan

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

MANILA, Philippines – The trio of Bobby Ray Parks Jr, Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman combined for 81 points as Alab Pilipinas shrugged off a homecourt disadvantage to topple Mono Vampire, 99-93, in Game 3 of the ABL finals at the Stadium29 in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, April 28. 

Parks buried 6 triples en route to a season-high 30 points, Brownlee finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds and Balkman chalked up 24 points and 16 rebounds to lift Alab to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 championship series. 

It was a nip-and-tuck battle throughout before Alab caught fire late in the 3rd quarter to swing a 67-all deadlock to a 75-67 advantage thanks to back-to-back Parks and Josh Urbiztondo treys. 

Parks, who also had 5 rebounds and two steals, then sank two straight 3-pointers midway through the 4th period for a 93-86 cushion until the Vampire narrowed the gap to just 3 points off Mike Singletary and Teerawat Chanthachon layups, 90-93. 

Nevertheless, Alab did not fold in the endgame. Parks drilled in a jumper from midrange while Lawrence Domingo converted a reverse layup over 7-foot-4 Sam Deguara’s outstretched arms to seal the deal for Pilipinas with 20 seconds left.

Singletary paced Mono with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Deguara added 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Filipino Paul Zamar chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.

Alab Pilipinas seeks to finish the series in Game 4 on April 30 at the same venue. 


The Scores:

Alab (99): Parks Jr. 30, Brownlee 27, Balkman 24, Raymundo 5, Urbiztondo 5, Domingo 4, Hontiveros 2, Javelona 2, Alabanza 0

Mono (93) – Singletary 29, Deguara 19, Zamar 16, Brickman 11, Chanthachon 10, Apiromvilaichai 8, Klahan 0, Phuangla 0, Sunthonsiri 0

Quarter scores: 22-20, 48-50, 75-67, 99-93 


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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.