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Cawaling delivers the goods as Alab stretches streak to three

Ray Parks Jr. did not score in double-digits for the first time in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League. And yet, there was still no problem for Alab Pilipinas. JR Cawaling stepped up to the plate and knocked every pitch out of the park as the Filipinos had all the answers for defending champion and home team Malaysia in a 65-54 decision on Sunday. Cawaling scored 11 points built on three triples, none bigger than his last one inside the last two minutes that punctuated a 10-3 run for the Philippines and re-established a 63-51 lead. Parks Jr. only had nine points in what was his lowest-scoring game in the tournament. The former Far Eastern University standout and the rest of the reserves had his back, however, and outplayed their counterparts, 31-13. With Alab starting slow, it was also Cawaling standout who sparked the 18-6 second quarter surge that snared away a 28-22 advantage. They would never relinquish the lead all the way to their third win in a row and fifth win in seven games overall. Although falling short of double-digits in scoring, Parks Jr. collared 10 rebounds while imports Sampson Carter and James Hughes also combined to contribute 15 points and 15 rebounds. The Filipinos have now scored back-to-back wins against the defending champion Dragons and runner-up Singapore. They remain in third-place, but are breathing down the necks of 5-1 Hong Kong and 7-2 Slingers. Malaysia dropped to 1-5 in its title defense. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 65 — Cawaling 11, Parks 9, Carter 9, Acuna 6, Hughes 6, Thiele 6, Hubalde 5, Domingo 5, Fortuna 4, Celiz 4, Knuttel 0. MALAYSIA DRAGONS 54 — Melvin 15, Spencer 11, Yeo 9, Loh 7, Goldstein 6, Ting 4, Teo 2, Ma 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-18, 32-28, 51-41, 65-54. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

A decade older, Hughes all praises for 23-year-old Parks Jr.

Just like he has done throughout the 2016 Asean Basketball League, Ray Parks Jr. yet again proved last Sunday that he was the star of the show. Stuffing the stat sheet anew with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, Parks Jr. lifted Alab Pilipinas back over .500. The Filipino-American impressed so much that he even had teammate 33-year-old James Hughes, a longtime veteran of basketball, gushing. “He’s a tough guy. I’ve seen a lot of guys throughout my career and he’s one of the tougher guys,” Hughes expressed. He then continued, “Not only is he talented, but he’s also smart. He knows the game at such a young age.” That young age, 23 to be exact, is also what the American reinforcement jokingly hoped to take away from his new teammate. “He’s really young. I wish I could steal some of his youth,” he quipped while chuckling. Still, even with Parks Jr. forming a new bond with Hughes and rekindling his relationship with also new import Sampson Carter, head coach Mac Cuan said it’s far from smooth sailing for Alab. “There’s a concern for us kasi we really can’t gauge kung nasaan kami sa liga kasi dalawa pa lang yung team na nalalaro namin,” he shared. The Filipinos have played five games in the tournament and have gone three-of-three against Kaohsiung and zero-for-two against Singapore. That means that defending champion Malaysia, strong-starting Hong Kong, and dangerous Saigon are yet to come in the schedule. Nonetheless, Cuan was nothing but glad that they already have three wins to show – considering they only held their first-ever practice with one week to go before the season. “Blessing din na we played Kaohsiung kasi nag-aadjust pa lang din sila. So kahit nag-aadjust pa lang kami, nakakuha na kami ng dalawang panalo,” he said. Even the defeats at the hands of the Slingers had a silver lining in the Alab mentor’s eyes. As he put it, “Yung two losses naman, just really mental lapses in the end. We were there in the game and that’s why I believe we can match up with everybody.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

A decade older, Hughes all praises for 23-year-old Parks Jr.

Just like he has done throughout the 2016 Asean Basketball League, Ray Parks Jr. yet again proved last Sunday that he was the star of the show. Stuffing the stat sheet anew with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, Parks Jr. lifted Alab Pilipinas back over .500. The Filipino-American impressed so much that he even had teammate 33-year-old James Hughes, a longtime veteran of basketball, gushing. “He’s a tough guy. I’ve seen a lot of guys throughout my career and he’s one of the tougher guys,” Hughes expressed. He then continued, “Not only is he talented, but he’s also smart. He knows the game at such a young age.” That young age, 23 to be exact, is also what the American reinforcement jokingly hoped to take away from his new teammate. “He’s really young. I wish I could steal some of his youth,” he quipped while chuckling. Still, even with Parks Jr. forming a new bond with Hughes and rekindling his relationship with also new import Sampson Carter, head coach Mac Cuan said it’s far from smooth sailing for Alab. “There’s a concern for us kasi we really can’t gauge kung nasaan kami sa liga kasi dalawa pa lang yung team na nalalaro namin,” he shared. The Filipinos have played five games in the tournament and have gone three-of-three against Kaohsiung and zero-for-two against Singapore. That means that defending champion Malaysia, strong-starting Hong Kong, and dangerous Saigon are yet to come in the schedule. Nonetheless, Cuan was nothing but glad that they already have three wins to show – considering they only held their first-ever practice with one week to go before the season. “Blessing din na we played Kaohsiung kasi nag-aadjust pa lang din sila. So kahit nag-aadjust pa lang kami, nakakuha na kami ng dalawang panalo,” he said. Even the defeats at the hands of the Slingers had a silver lining in the Alab mentor’s eyes. As he put it, “Yung two losses naman, just really mental lapses in the end. We were there in the game and that’s why I believe we can match up with everybody.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Alab returns to winning form, re-asserts mastery over Truth

Kaohsiung may have gotten on the win column at long last, but they still got nothing on Alab Pilipinas in the 2016 Asean Basketball League. Ray Parks. Jr. stuffed the stat sheet anew, both James Hughes and Sampson Carter wasted no time in delivering what they promised, and the Filipinos handled the hometown-backed Truth all right, 86-77, on Sunday in Taiwan. The convincing victory lifted Alab back onto the winner’s circle now at 3-2. They still stand third behind Singapore and Hong Kong. All of the Philippines’ three wins have come at the expense of the Taiwanese. And this one pretty much looked like the two that came before it. Parks piloted Alab to a strong 9-2 start before Derek Hall rallied Kaohsiung to only 17-22 at the end of the opening salvo. To start the second, the Filipinos rang off seven unanswered points that re-established a 29-17 advantage. The lead would stay in double-digits until Hall along with fellow import Cedric Oliver willed the Truth to 77-81 with under 90 ticks to go. Parks had the answer for Alab, however, and his slash and dish for a Jeric Fortuna triple put the game away for good. The Filipino-American wound up with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists and was backstopped by versatile forward Carter who had 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists of his own. Both of the Philippines’ new imports were instant successes in replacing Korean brothers Lee and Dong Seung Jun as six-foot-11 tower Hughes also contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. Alab now comes home to try their luck once more against a Singapore side that has handed them both of their losses. On the other hand, coming off its maiden win, Kaohsiung fell short in getting a winning streak going and fell to 1-5. Hall led them in the losing effort with a 31-point, 16-rebound double-double. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 86 - Parks 28, Carter 23, Hughes 12, Acuna 10, Celiz 6, Domingo 4, Fortuna 3, Hubalde 0, King 0, Knuttel 0, Thiele 0, Gavieres 0. KAOHSIUNG TRUTH 77 - Hall 31, Oliver 19, Chang 10, Hsu 8, Inigo 6, Jose 2, Wey 1, Lee 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-17, 43-29, 63-53, 86-77. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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