Alab Pilipinas downs Singapore in bounce-back win
MANILA, Philippines – Coming off its worst loss yet in ABL Season 9, the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas bounced back with an 80-70 road win against the Singapore Slingers on Sunday, March 3.
The defending champions moved further away from the rest of the pack with a 17-4 slate while the Slingers maintained a flimsy hold of 3rd place at 13-8.
Alab’s import duo came to play in Singapore, led by Renaldo Balkman’s 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Meanwhile, hulking 7-foot-3 big man PJ Ramos dropped a 22-marker, 17-board double-double with 4 blocks to boot.
After a neck-and-neck battle up until midway through the 3rd quarter, Alab suddenly pulled away with a 13-3 run to go up 11, 63-52, after a Law Domingo layup at the 2:13 mark. They would then lead as high as 12 after a Josh Urbiztondo lay-in with 46 ticks left in the frame.
Singapore would fight back to within 5 points, 66-71, early in the 4th, but Alab successfully held the Slingers scoreless for the next 5 minutes.
The champs eventually got back up to 11 points, 77-66, after a Ramos layup with 2:24 left in regulation.
John Fields paced Singapore with 21 points and 7 rebounds in a full 40-minute grind. Xavier Alexander chipped in an 18-marker, 12-board double-double also in 40 minutes of action.
Alab Pilipinas returns home in Sta. Rosa on Friday, March 8, to face its previous tormentor, the Macau Black Bears.
Alab Pilipinas 80 – Balkman 28, Ramos 22, Domingo 12, Alvano 7, Parks 6, Sumalinog 3, Urbiztondo 2, Javelona 0, Rosser 0, Rivero 0, Torres 0.
Singapore 70 - Fields 21, Young 19, Alexander 18, Goh 11, J. Lim 1, Oh 0, Liew 0, Ng 0, Low 0, K. Lim 0.
Quarters: 18-21, 33-35, 69-58, 80-70.