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Alab PH rips Singapore

Game Wednesday (Baliuag Star Arena, Bulacan)
8 p.m. – Alab Pilipinas vs Mono Vampire

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas drew another balanced scoring attack from its four top players to extend its winning streak to five games with a vengeful 82-69 rout of the host Singapore Slingers yesterday in the ASEAN Basketball League at the OCBC Arena.

Import Renaldo Balkman had 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals and Josh Urbiztondo and Ray Parks Jr. combined for 14 points during a third quarter breakaway that enabled Alab to gain a measure of revenge after losing 90-80 at home to the Slingers last Jan. 10.

Urbiztondo shot 5-of-8 from three-point country, including one that gave Alab a 64-50 lead after holding a 39-38 edge at the half, to finish with 17 points while Parks contributed 16 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Justin Brownlee delivered 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Jimmy Alapag-coached Alab, which stayed in fourth place in its first game with San Miguel Corporation as its new sponsor.

Alapag and company have been on a roll since a 0-3 start sparked by the New Year’s Day arrival of Brownlee and Balkman coupled with the improved plays of Parks, Urbiztondo and Fil-American Lawrence Domingo who had five points and eight boards.

The Filipino cagers also moved a game behind Thailand’s Mono Vampire (9-4) for third ahead of their clash on Wednesday night at the Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.

Alab salvaged a split of its season series with Singapore, with the road teams winning all four games. (Jonas Terrado)