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Alab gets back at Dragons, takes on Hong Kong today

PJ Ramos in file photo has 25 points against Westports Malaysia Dragons. (ABL Image)

PJ Ramos in file photo has 25 points against Westports Malaysia Dragons. (ABL Image)

Game Today
(Sta. Rosa, Laguna)
8 p.m. – Alab Pilipinas vs Hong Kong

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas bucked the absence of Ray Parks Jr. to exact revenge on the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 85-47, Friday night to stay on top of the ASEAN Basketball League at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

PJ Ramos posted 25 points and 11 rebounds as Alab coasted to its ninth victory in 11 outings while avenging their heartbreaking 73-72 defeat to the Dragons earlier this month in Kuala Lumpur.

Renaldo Balkman had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Paolo Javelona was the other double-digit scorer with 11.

Alab prevailed despite missing Parks who suffered a strained groin in Sunday’s 110-100 overtime win over Thailand’s Mono Vampire at the same venue.

Coach Jimmy Alapag’s wards are looking to end the grueling month on a winning note when Alab plays Hong Kong Eastern for the second time on Sunday at the same venue.

The contest caps off a grueling eight-game stretch for the San Miguel Beer-backed team.

Alapag and company are 5-2 this month, the two defeats coming at the expense of the Dragons in Kuala Lumpur and the Formosa Dreamers in Changhua, Taiwan.

Alab defeated Hong Kong, 87-75, last Jan. 11 in Sta. Rosa as it capitalized on the early foul trouble of Eastern’s 7-foot-5 reinforcement Sam Deguara.

Winston Shepard and Chris Eversley scored 12 and 10 points for Malaysia, which fell to 5-6.

Singaporean guard Jonathan Wong, whose layup over Caelan Tiongson turned out to be the eventual winner in their first meeting, was held to just five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Hong Kong tries to deal Alab its first home defeat behind high-scoring imports Marcus Elliott and O’Darien Bassett and local guard Lee Ki.

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