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Alab looks to bounce back

PJ Ramos of Alab Pilipinas (photo from ABL Facebook page)

PJ Ramos of Alab Pilipinas (photo from ABL Facebook page)

By Rafael Bandayrel

Game Today
(Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan)
8 p.m. – Alab Pilipinas vs Macau Black Bears

Coming off a second defeat of the season, defending champion Alab-Pilipinas hopes to go get back on the winning track when it takes on the Macau Black Bears tonight in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) at the Filoil Flying V Centre, in San Juan.

The Filipinos got their hearts broken on Monday, when Taiwan’s Hsuei-Lin Lee knocked in the game-winning three-pointer with a second left as the Formosa Dreamers escaped with a 73-72 victory.

Reynaldo Balkman scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a losing effort for Alab. Caelan Tiongson also had an impressive double-double performance with 17 points and 13 boards.

The game is more important for the 7-foot-4 center PJ Ramos, who was a non-factor against Taiwan after getting ejected early in the game.

Despite the defeat, Alab still leads the standings with a 6-2 card.