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Lo Domingo’s breakout reminds us that Alab is deepest team in ABL

HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM – Alab Pilipinas put away Saigon last Saturday at the CIS Arena, finishing off a quarterfinals sweep that sends them back into the Final Four. Facing the tough, tough Heat and their rowdy, rowdy crowd, the Filipinos needed to play their best to come out on top. They did just that as Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee both did their thing, Ray Parks Jr. and Josh Urbiztondo provided support, and even Pao Javelona and Pamboy Raymundo delivered contributions of their own. The star of Game 2, though, was sixth man Lo Domingo who had 21 points, six rebounds, and three assists in 25 minutes of action – bar none, his best game in the season. Lawrence Domingo escapes his defender for the JAM! #ABL8Playoffs pic.twitter.com/EkhVNhLEfa — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Abril 7, 2018 It was also his thunderous throwdown that ignited the 10-2 blast that boosted the Philippines ahead for good. Asked about it post-game, he answered, “That dunk, I was kind of really bouncy in warmups. I had the lane there and that gave me a chance to do it so I did.” The six-foot-five forward would only continue his strong play from there, outmuscling the likes of Maxie Esho, David Arnold, and Moses Morgan and having his way inside. For head coach Jimmy Alapag, Domingo’s breakout was yet another proof that hard work pays off. “He’s been great for us for a while now and it’s great to see a young kid come in and work hard every day. It’s great see him reap the rewards of his hard work,” he said. For the Filipino-American from New Mexico, his breakout was just him doing anything and everything to help his team win. “I was just being patient, knowing that my time is gonna come. It’s already come now that it’s the playoffs,” he said. He then continued, “I feel like I’ve been playing hard all year and this is just something that comes from playing hard. In the end, I’m just gonna do whatever my team needs me to do.” With Domingo, Balkman, Brownlee, Parks Jr., Urbiztondo, Javelona, and Raymundo all on-point, Alab is indeed proving Heat point guard Akeem Scott’s statement that “they have a deep bench and it’s hard to beat a team like that.” They are going to need to keep proving that if they are to go through defending champion Hong Kong in the semifinals and then a Finals battle up against whoever among top-seed Chong Son of China, upstart Mono of Thailand, or rival Singapore. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 8th, 2018

ABL: HK pounces on Ramos absence to douse cold water on Alab

There was no PJ Ramos and so, Alab Pilipinas had to exert extra effort up against home team Hong Kong. Ray Parks Jr. gave the Filipinos just that but, in the end, the Filipinos succumbed to full-force Eastern, 88-83, on Wednesday at the Southorn Stadium Unable to overcome the absence of their hulking Puerto Rican reinforcement, they saw their seven-game win run come to an end while also suffering their third setback in 16 games in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. The Philippines found itself in a 14-point hole in the opening salvo, but, slowly but surely, clawed their way out. At the forefront was Parks Jr. who had all but two points in the 15-0 run that erased a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter and erected a 77-71 advantage at the six-minute mark of the final frame. Towering Sam Deguara had the answer for Hong Kong, however, imposing his will at both ends to front their own 11-0 spurt for an 82-77 lead. Renaldo Balkman’s triple kept Alab within striking distance, but they were kept at bay once and for all by two free throws from Marcus Elliott. Back-to-back Local MVP Parks Jr. wound up with 29 points, five rebounds, and three assists while Balkman had 14 markers, 12 boards, and five dimes of his own. Clearly, though, the Filipinos missed the presence of Ramos who was out due to food poisoning. Without him, Deguara ran roughshod inside for 18 points and 30 rebounds while fellow import also posted a 19-marker, 20-board double-double for Eastern. BOX SCORES HONG KONG EASTERN 88 – Holyfield 19, Deguara 18, Lee 17, Elliott 13, Chan 9, Lau 6, Tang 3, Lam 3, Siu 0, Yang 0, Xu 0. ALAB PILIPINAS 83 – Parks 29, Balkman 14, Alvano 11, Urbiztondo 11, Tiongson 9, Domingo 6, Alabanza 2, Rosser 1, Javelona 0, Rivero 0, Torres 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-15, 43-36, 71-64, 88-83 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

Streaking Alab Pilipinas still has Hong Kong s number in ABL

Alab Pilipinas has had all the answers to the problems put up by Hong Kong in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. Following the lead of Renaldo Balkman as always, the Filipinos re-asserted their mastery over home team Eastern in a 96-81 decision on Friday at the Southorn Stadium. Puerto Rican reinforcement Balkman had 32 points, four rebounds, and four assists while back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. had 23 markers and seven boards of his own. Hulking Puerto Rican PJ Ramos also posted an 11-point, 14-rebound double-double for the Philippines which has now won seven games in a row. They were joined by Ethan Alvano, Lo Domingo, and Josh Urbiztondo in the 15-5 run to begin the final frame that turned a two-point edge into an 88-76 advantage in their favor. The home team would not be able to cut down the deficit to single-digits for the remaining three minutes. With that pivotal push, Alab hiked its record in its head-to-head matchups with Hong Kong to 3-0. More importantly, they improved their overall standing to 13-2 – still tops in the tournament. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 96 -- Balkman 32, Parks 23, Ramos 11, Tiongson 8, Alvano 7, Domingo 6, Urbiztondo 4, Javelona 3, Rosser 2. HONG KONG EASTERN 81 -- Bassett 24, Deguara 20, Elliott 18, Siu 8, Chan 5, Lee 3, Lau 3, Tang 0, Yang 0, Xu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 28-20, 53-53, 73-71, 96-81. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

Alab Pilipinas re-ignites in ABL after repulsing Macau

Once more in the continuation of their title defense in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League, Alab Pilipinas came off a loss, came through in the next game, and came away with a big-time triumph over another contender. Renaldo Balkman’s game-long brilliance coupled with total team effort in the endgame proved to be the difference on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the Filipinos turned down the lights on visiting Macau, 106-99. The two teams were going at it for majority of the matchup until Balkman, PJ Ramos, and Pao Javelona got together for a 10-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters that built up an 82-73 edge for the home team. Of course, the Black Bears would only battle back and pulled within two points inside the last six minutes only to see Balkman and Ramos connive yet again, this time alongside Ray Parks Jr., Ethan Alvano, and Caelan Tiongson in a 16-3 answer that re-increased the Alab lead to 106-91. Both the lead and the momentum would remain with them until the final buzzer. In the end, Balkman 37 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and three assists while fellow Puerto Rican reinforcement Ramos contributed his own 21-marker, 14-board double-double. Parks Jr. also did damage with 13 points and 10 assists while point guards Javelona and Alvano merged for 16 markers, 14 dimes, and eight rebounds. This strong showing was nothing but a welcome development as, just five days ago, the Filipinos fell for the second time in the last four games. With the bounce back win, though, the defending champions remained alone atop the leaderboard now at 7-2. On the other hand, Macau dropped to 6-5 in the standings despite the best efforts of Anthony Tucker who had 22 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds to his name. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 106 – Balkman 37, Ramos 21, Parks 13, Domingo 13, Javelona 9, Alvano 7, Tiongson 6, Urbiztondo 0, Rosser 0. MACAU BLACK BEARS 99 – Watkins 24, Tucker 22, Yu 20, McKinney 18, Liu 12, King 3, Lai 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-19, 47-48, 79-73, 106-99. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

ABL: Alab Pilipinas suffers sorry loss in Taiwan

The new year has not been kind to Alab Pilipinas as it lost for the second time in its last three games in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. On Sunday at the Changhua Stadium in Taiwan, Filipinos rallied from eight points down in the final frame before surrendering a 72-73 decision to home team Formosa. The defending champions went 5-0 to start the season, but once the calendar turned to 2019, only have one win to show. A win in this one was well within their grasp as Ethan Alvano’s triple completed a 17-7 fightback that turned a 55-63 deficit into a 72-70 advantage with five ticks to go on the clock After giving up a counter three, however, Alab failed to put up a last shot as Thomas Torres turned the ball over. With that, they fell into a tie for the top spot with Macau which also stands at 6-2. Of course, it didn’t help matters that Puerto Rican hulk PJ Ramos got himself ejected in the first quarter for continuous complaining. In his stead, Renaldo Balkman tried to do it all with 27 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks while Caelan Tiongson also turned in his best scoring output with 15 markers on top of 13 boards. Alvano also flirted with a triple-double in tallying 11 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds. All of that was all for naught, though, as Formosa proved steadier in the endgame. BOX SCORES FORMOSA DREAMERS 73 – Glass 24, Miller 13, Chen, S. 11, Lee 7, Chien 6, Wu 6, Chen, H. 4, Cheng 2. ALAB PILIPINAS 72 – Balkman 27, Tiongson 15, Alvano 11, Domingo 7, Parks 5, Ramos 5, Javelona 2, Urbiztondo 0, Rosser 0, Torres 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-14, 39-28, 57-48, 73-72. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

10 can’t-miss moments in sports for 2019

2018 is already in the books. Now, we look forward to the next chapters we’re all about to read in 2019. Laban Azkals in AFC Asian Cup – January The Azkals will enter historic grounds as early as January as they play for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019. Their ticket was booked after crushing Tajikistan in a 2-1 home victory early in 2018. With a world-renowned mentored on their side in Sven-Goran Eriksson and veteran national players, the Azkals will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the continental showdown. The Azkals kick off their 2019 AFC Cup Campaign on January 7th against South Korea, followed by a match against China PR on January 11th, before closing out the Group Stage on January 16th against Kyrgyzstan.  Newest season of the oldest professional league in Asia – January After just roughly a month of break from basketball action, the oldest professional league in Asia is back. The PBA will be kicking off its 44th season on January 13 with San Miguel defending its Philippine Cup title. Aside from that, marquee rookies such as CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Paul Desiderio are all set to play their first professional games with their respective teams. Up next on Pacman’s list – January The Filipinos will be treated to quality boxing as early as January 19 when Manny Pacquiao defends his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against challenger American Adrien Broner. After two years of fighting outside the US, Pacquiao will be back in Las Vegas to defend his title against a tough challenger in Broner. Just like old times, Freddie Roach will be back in Pacquiao's corner, this time serving as a consultant. Fanning the flames for a place in FIBA World Cup 2019 – February For the Philippines to be back in the FIBA World Cup, these are the things that need to happen: we must sweep out last two games then Japan must lose at least one of its last two games – giving us the third spot in Group F. Alternatively, we can pin our hopes on China winding up in the top four of its group – giving Groups E and F four berths apiece. Gilas Pilipinas begins its trek through that long and winding road away from home up against Qatar. All teams are teams-to-beat in UAAP 81 Volleyball – February The exciting and highly entertaining collegiate volleyball league is back on February 16. Things to watch out for? La Salle's bid for their fourth consecutive title, Ateneo's face post-Tai Bundit era, UP's confident aura coming off two major preseason championships, and UST's game-changing rookies. Eaglets-Bullpups Finals rematch or not – March Without a doubt, Ateneo and NU, the very same two teams that battled in the Finals last year, are the favorites to go all the way back to the champipnship round in the ongoing season. After all, the Blue Eaglets still have 7-foot-1, 16-year-old Kai Sotto and the Bullpups boast of the deepest roster in all of high school. After the first round of eliminations, however, it’s also clear that RJ Abarrientos-led FEU-Diliman and Joem Sabandal-fronted Adamson have other plans. For sure, something’s gotta give. Alab Pilipinas’ shot at history – April In the almost decade-long history of the Asean Basketball League, no team has won back-to-back championships. Alab Pilipinas is here to change that with the Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos showing the way alongside two-time Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. No doubt, this is the most talented team in franchise history and as such, nothing but a second straight title will be an acceptable outcome. The NCAA is five years away from its centennial celebration – July The first collegiate league in the country is approaching rarified air. Set to open its milestone mark 95th Season, the same old intensity is to be expected in the NCAA. The protagonists, however, may very well be different as all of last year’s Final Four teams will now be missing their main men – Robert Bolick for San Beda, CJ Perez for LPU, Bong Quinto for Letran, and Prince Eze for Perpetual. Is the UAAP 82 Basketball crown Katipunan’s to keep – September In Season 82, all teams will be seeking to nip the dynasty that the Ateneo Blue Eagles are trying to build. After going for back-two-back last season, all eyes will still be on them as their enter the season with an intact core. However, just like Season 81 it will not be a walk in the park with all contenders striving to match their caliber through massive recruitment, coach changes, and tough training camps. Filipino hospitality in SEA Games 2019 – November For the first time since 2005, the SEA Games will be played in Manila. That means that, at long last, our regional neighbors will yet again experience that world-renowned warmth of the Philippines and its people. Make no mistake, however, the Filipinos are all set to go all-out and dominate the medal tally – whether that be basketball in Manila or athletics and aquatics in Clark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Reasons to watch 2018 slate of NBA X mas day games

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com Bucks vs. Knicks (1am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: Two words; Giannis Antetokounmpo. The most dominant force in the league this season resides in Milwaukee. That’s right, the Greek Freak sits atop the Kia Race to the MVP Ladder heading into the Christmas Day showcase games. And with good reason. The Bucks are riding the wave their dynamic superstar forward has created in his first season in Mike Budenholzer’s system. Open it up and enjoy because … The Bucks are more than a one-man show. Antetokounmpo should be joined on the All-Star team this season by Khris Middleton, who is playing at that level, and point guard Eric Bledsoe is shooting better than he ever has in Budenolzer’s aggressive, shooter-friendly system. Watching the Bucks try and set a record for three-pointers taken and made should be entertaining enough. But the Knicks will offer some entertainment value of their own as they attempt to match the Bucks shot-for-shot with Tim Hardaway Jr. leading the way. The gift we’re hoping for is … The Knicks could use a statement win before a global audience to jump start the post-Christmas portion of their season-long grind. The Bucks have spent most of this season frightening the competition, both in the Eastern Conference and beyond. They’ve got the gift that’ll keep on giving for years in Antetokounmpo, who’ll get another chance to show the basketball public that what they’ve hard about a contender rising in the Central Division is real. Thunder vs. Rockets (4am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: Do we really need anyone to remind us to tune in for every Russell Westbrook-James Harden matchup for the foreseeable future? Didn’t think so. The matchup of the last two Kia MVPs winners is enough of an incentive to lock in on this one. And the fact that the Thunder occupy the space in the standings most thought was reserved for the Rockets only adds to the intrigue. Open it up and enjoy because … The real showstopper in this one isn’t either one of the MVP winners. Thunder swingman Paul George is the player you need to lock in on as he continues his dark horse MVP campaign for a much-improved team (the Thunder are light years away from the group that started the season 0-4). There are few soap operas better right now than the Rockets, who are dealing with yet another injury to All-Star point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) and a failure to play up to expectations that threatens to swallow up their season before Santa’s finished off his cookies and milk. The gift we’re hoping for is … What Westbrook and Harden wear into the building is worth a few moments of your time as these two fashion-forward superstars never fail to make an impression. But it’s the competitive fervor on the court that should provide the ultimate viewing pleasure. The Thunder would love to take over the position the Rockets held last season, as the legitimate threat to the Golden State Warriors’ stranglehold on the Western Conference throne. In the absence of a Christmas tilt against the two-time defending champs, the Rockets make an ideal fill in. Sixers vs. Celtics (6:30am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: The Eastern Conference version of Thunder-Rockets, the schedule makers look pretty good slotting the Sixers and Celtics in this spot. No one relishes an opportunity to take down a projected heavyweight the way the Sixers do (what else would you expect with Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid leading the charge?). The suddenly chummy Celtics, however, appear to be the team most eager to prove that they are indeed who we all thought they were in the summer, when they were the consensus pick to ascend to the top of the heap in place of Cleveland. Open it up and enjoy because … Kyrie Irving has embraced his role as the leader of this disjointed Celtics bunch in ways that fans in Cleveland have to be enjoying with an eyebrow raised. Kyrie trying to convince his young teammates to follow his lead is rich, given his reluctance to do exactly that when he was in their shoes. As far as rivalries go, this is perhaps the day’s deepest and most volatile. The Sixers are still smarting from that playoff ouster at the hands of the Celtics. And they won’t have ant sympathy for the Celtics as they continue their search for good health and better chemistry. The gift we’re hoping for is … A Ben Simmons-Kyrie point guard duel will make this game shine even brighter than usual. And they’re both more than capable of going off on the big stage. But the real treat here is going to be watching Jimmy Butler and Jayson Tatum match wits in what could be a preview of fireworks to come in a potential playoff matchup. Tatum’s sophomore season has been a bit choppier than expected. And Butler, whose shown a penchant for schooling youngsters (teammates and opponents) is surely betting on himself in this game within the game. Lakers vs. Warriors (9am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: With all of the recent history dripping off of this LeBron James-Warriors rivalry, the inclusion of the Los Angeles Lakers into the mix only serves to take this spectacle to the next level. LeBron insists this isn’t a measuring stick game for the upstart Lakers, not against a Warriors juggernaut that has won three of the last four Larry O’Brien trophies. Yeah, whatever you say big fella. Folks who haven’t watched a minute of NBA basketball season will be tuned into this one. Count on it. Open it up and enjoy because … Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have moved into that cosmic zone that only the all-time greats are capable of locating (see their work in their Monday, PHL time win over the Los Angeles Clippers for proof). We already know how the superstars respond in a matchup of this nature. The great unknown is how the likes of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball will react to the marquee spotlight at Oracle Arena. The Lakers’ youngsters have thrived at times and struggled at others in their first season inside the LeBron bubble. But they haven’t seen anything like what they’ll experience in Oakland on this night. The gift we’re hoping for is … Draymond Green hasn’t had a true breakout game since returning from his extended injury absence. With Lance Stephenson in uniform on the other side, the opportunity for fireworks would appear to be extremely high. We’d settle for some Finals-level intensity from both of the world class agitators in the building. That and vintage performances from LeBron, Steph, KD and Klay Thompson are expected. Anything else beyond that is really gravy on the best basketball meal of the day. Trail Blazers vs. Jazz (11:30am, PHL time) Why you should be watching: We’re dubbing the nightcap of the Christmas Day showcase the “Respect Bowl.” The Trail Blazers are always on the hunt for more respect and the Jazz, one of the trendy summer picks as a team poised to become a contender in the Western Conference this season, could stand to show a little self-respect in the way they tackle the remainder of this season. Open it up and enjoy because … Second-year Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is suffering from the same sophomore spell that has plagued Jayson Tatum in Boston. It’s one thing to surprise the basketball world as a rookie and another to come back better and even more dangerous the second time around. We’re betting on Spider showing up and showing out for the Christmas Day crowd. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Damian Lillard will not allow someone else to steal the spotlight from him. He warmed up for Mitchell and the Jazz by finishing off Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks Sunday night. You know his swagger travels, so expect to see his competitive best against Mitchell and the Jazz. The gift we’re hoping for is … Joe Ingles stealing the show would make for an ideal end to a day full of some the league’s biggest and brightest superstars. And the sweet-shooting Jazz swingman is one of the league’s criminally underrated stars. It would also be nice to see the rest of that Jazz team we expected to make things interesting this season make an appearance. Christmas Day games have always served as a launching pad/turning point for teams willing to dive in. And the Blazers and Jazz both seem like prime candidates to take advantage of the opportunity. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 25th, 2018

Alab Pilipinas weathers Singapore storm to stay spotless in ABL

Alab Pilipinas may have been the last team to make their debut in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League, but once they did, they wasted no time making noise. Fresh off a convincing victory over second-running Formosa, the Filipinos also outclassed third-ranked Singapore with a well-earned 77-71 win on their home floor at the Caloocan Sports Complex on Sunday. With two wins against the erstwhile hottest squads in the span of three days, the Philippines is now off to a 4-0 start in its title defense. This contest was close for the first eight minutes and the Slingers actually led by one until the home team ignited a 13-3 blast that boosted them to a 30-21 advantage in their favor at the midway mark of the second quarter. Singapore would not quit just yet and import John Fields, who once played for Columbian in the PBA, scored eight unanswered points inside the last two minutes to pull them within 71-75 only to see Ray Parks Jr. convert his couple of charities to put the game away once and for all for Alab. Parks Jr., the back-to-back Local MVP, wound up with 18 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a block to make sure they remained alone atop the leaderboard. The Puerto Rican pair of PJ Ramos and Renaldo Balkman also remained a force for Alab with the former finishing with 26 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists and the latter ending with 20-marker, 16-board double-double to go along with three blocks. The Filipinos now have triumphs over the two teams right behind them in the standings. This, after they had to wait one month since the season started to play their first game. On the other hand, Singapore suffered a second straight setback to fall to 5-3. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 77 – Ramos 26, Balkman 20, Parks 18, Tiongson 7, Alvano 4, Rosser 2, Domingo 0, Urbiztondo 0, Javelona 0. SINGAPORE SLINGERS 71 – Fields 35, Young 17, Alexander 10, Goh 6, Ng 3, Low 0, Lim 0, Tay 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 43-31, 62-55, 77-71. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2018

ABL: Alab Pilipinas wakes up Formosa with gutsy win in Laguna

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Not even Formosa’s dream start could stop Alab Pilipinas’ unbeaten beginning in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. Trailing by four inside the last seven minutes, the Filipinos flexed their collective muscle in a 21-3 run that eventually ended as a gutsy 86-72 win over the Dreamers of Taiwan on Friday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here. Seven different players got together in what proved to be the pivotal push that ultimately sent the Philippines to a 3-0 start in its title defense. Down 65-69 with 6:56 remaining, all of Ethan Alvano, Caelan Tiongson, Ray Parks Jr., Renaldo Balkman, PJ Ramos, Pao Javelona, and Lo Domingo each had made baskets while also shackling down their opponents to just one field goal and one free throw the rest of the way. The two teams were going toe-to-toe for majority of the matchup that featured 13 lead changes and 12 tied tallies. With their backs against the wall, though, Alab showed much character and went on an unbelievable tear that kept their spotless slate intact. In the end, Balkman did it all with 19 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, one block, and one steal while fellow Puerto Rican reinforcement Ramos had his own 16 markers, seven boards, and three dimes. Parks Jr. turned in his best game of the tournament thus far with 13 points and four rebounds while Javelona was a pleasant surprise off the bench with 11 markers and three assists. The Filipinos now turn their attention to another top team in Singapore on Sunday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. On the other hand, Formosa falls for the second time in a row following six straight wins to start the season. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 86 – Balkman 19, Ramos 16, Parks 13, Javelona 11, Tiongson 6, Domingo 6, Urbiztondo 6, Rosser 5. FORMOSA DREAMERS 72 – Miller 23, Artino 14, Glass 14, Chien 11, Tien 5, Wu 3, Lee 2, Chen 0, Cheng 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-20, 39-39, 63-60, 86-72. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Eight breakout players who wowed in PVL s Collegiate Conference

Collegiate volleyball won’t be around until the second semester but the recently-concluded Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference on ABS-CBN S+A gave us a glimpse of what the girls may be raring to give us once their tournament in their respective leagues finally open. Some girls came out of nowhere to really provide the fireworks in the conference and came away with new fans and admirers thanks to their impressive play on the floor. As the PVL’s Open Conference is about to part its curtains, let’s take a look at the eight collegiate volleybelles who totally captured our hearts thanks to their display of heart and skill.   1.) Tonnie Rose Ponce, Adamson University (Tonnie Rose Ponce (libero) made a mark in the last PVL Collegiate Conference when she bagged a Mythical Six award) Adamson head coach Air Padda is proud of Ponce, her team’s libero, for being the best cheerleader of her teammates on the floor. Even with her small stature, she plays big with a fighting spirit that has endeared her to the fans. It still came as a surprise, however, to the dimunitive Ponce, to be named as one of the Mythical Six and the conference’s Best Libero. Maybe not for Padda, who has always seen the leadership potential of her squad’s cheerleader.   2.) Rosie Rosier, University of the Philippines (The sophomore Lady Fighting Maroon was instrumental in ending the school's 36 year major title drought in the PVL Collegiate Conference) Rosier was instrumental in breaking the UP Lady Fighting Maroons’ 36-year championship drought as the sophomore carried the team on her back in a thrilling five-set Game 1 match with the FEU Lady Tamaraws. She pumped in 15 points via 13 attacks to have probably one of her best birthday celebrations to date, and followed it up with a 10-point output in Game 2 to help her squad bring home the Collegiate Conference crown.   3.) Milena Alessandrini, University of Santo Tomas (Second year Golden Tigress Milena Alessandrini powered the Thomasians in the FInal FOur ddespite nursing a shoulder injury) UST’s Fil-Italian tower introduced herself to Filipino volleyball fans when she won Rookie of the Year in UAAP Season 80. While it’s not easy to be on a different land where everyone speaks a different language, Alessandrini has been quick to adapt to what the coach wants done on the floor based on her performance in PVL. Her best game happened in the Battle for Third against Adamson where she broke out with a 31-point outing, a sign of things to come for the Golden Tigresses’ campaign in the coming UAAP wars.   4.) Celine Domingo, Far Eastern University (Celine Domingo followed up her stellar UAAP season 80 campaign with a masterful PVL Collegiate Conference under Coach George Pascua) Veteran setter Kyle Negrito is FEU’s top player and Jerrili Malabanan is their main weapon, no doubt, but Domingo is poised to take over the team as she continues to make an impact in the net in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference. The conference’s First Best Middle Blocker has been one of Coach George Pascual’s reliable players that are expected to carry the scoring duties now that super senior Bernadeth Pons’ career with the school is over. Too bad she was set back by a knee injury in Game One of the Finals against UP, which also sidelined her in Game Two.   5.) Jan Daguil, College of Saint Benilde (Jan Daguil (16) was one of the surprises for CSB in the PVL Collegiate Conference) With their MVP, Jeanette Panaga, moving on from her school career, the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers are hard-pressed to find a replacement. So far, Marites Pablo has emerged as the biggest candidate, but not too far behind is Daguil, who has come up big for them when they needed the points the most. During their battle for a Final Four spot in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference, Daguil led her team with 15 points, all on kills, to turn back the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags.   6.) Joyce Sta. Rita, San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Joyce Sta. Rita is the only holdover remaining for the Lady Stags but she is determined to be their main pillar) Sta. Rita is the only holdover from Coach Roger Gorayeb’s compact 7-woman squad from a year ago in NCAA Season 93, where she was named Second Best Middle Blocker. That did not stop her from being an example to her new teammates as she fought in each set and match to keep the young Lady Stags competitive even if they failed to notch a single win.   7.) Satrianni Espiritu, San Beda University (Satrianni Espiritu (10) looks to be the final piece of the puzzle for the SBU Lady Red Spikers) Everyone talks about SBU stars Cesca Racraquin and the Viray twins. But another player that should be acknowledged is Espiritu, who consistently chipped in to keep the Red Lionesses in contention with her consistent showing game in and game out. If her PVL Collegiate Conference showing translates to the incoming NCAA wars, the other ladies better be shaking in their shoes as the Red Lionesses will be a mighty force to be reckoned with. 8.) Cindy Imbo, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (With Bianca Tripoli out of commission, Cindy Imbo stepped up in the last PVL Collegiate Conference) Bianca Tripoli is the main pillar of strength for the Lady Altas. It was a shame that she had to limp off the PVL Collegiate Conference due to a mild tear in her quadriceps. Carrying the load for her during her absence is Imbo, who displayed her scoring abilities while their captain was injured. In a crucial game against favorite FEU Lady Tamaraws, Imbo fired away 15 points to lead the team. While they did not win the match, it showed her capability to step up when needed. Watch for these ladies when the 2018 seasons of the NCAA and UAAP women’s volleyball tournaments begin. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more scintillating volleyball action once the PVL resumes with their Open Conference this Saturday (September 22) on S+A, S+A HD, and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

MPBL still waiting on Ray Parks Jr.’s papers to see if he’s a local

Whether or not Ray Parks Jr. will play in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is yet to be determined. The 25-year-old star’s stint for the Mandaluyong El Tigre is far from final as the upstart league has not yet decided if he is a local or a Filipino-foreigner. “We would like again to make it straight for everybody and of course, kay Ray na ‘di pa namin nakikita yung papers (niya),” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the league-wide owners’ meeting on Wednesday at the Raffles Hotel in Makati.  The MPBL has instituted a rule that states that only one Filipino-foreigner will be allowed for each team. As such, there is a question if Parks Jr. is a local or a Filipino-foreigner as Mandaluyong also has another Filipino-American in Lo Domingo. Explaining the rule, Duremdes said, “We’re just a growing league. The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players. ‘Di naman natin sinasabi na bawal (ang Fil-foreigners) kaya nga we’re allowing one and 6-4 ang limit sa height.” He then continued, “‘Di naman kasi ganun kalaki ang players sa probinsya kaya ganun. Step-by-step tayo kasi nga we’re striving to be a place for homegrown players.” With that, the El Tigre will have to choose between Parks Jr., if he will be considered a Filipino-foreigner, and Domingo. For the recently-crowned Asean Basketball League champion and back-to-back Local MVP, however, Mandaluyong should not even have to do that. Questioning the controversial rule, he took to Twitter earlier in the day to say, “First time in my life I was considered an American in my own home country. Dito ako lumaki. Dito ako pinanganak. May Filipino passport ako.” Parks Jr. is the son of legendary PBA import Bobby Ray Parks Sr. He was born and bred in Paranaque and eventually suited up for National University in the UAAP. He also had stints with Gilas Pilipinas and the Hapee Fresh Fighters in the PBA D-League before taking his talents to Alab Pilipinas where he played as a local and not an Asean Heritage import. The MPBL made it clear, though, that it wants nothing more than to have the younger Parks playing in the league. “As much as we want Ray to play kasi malaking attraction siya and one of the players, again, meron tayong guidelines na na-set. Kung meron na silang pinasang papers, saka natin malalaman,” Duremdes said. As for when his fate will be finalized, the league commissioner said the deliberations for the lineups of all teams will come sooner than later. “Owners’ meeting ngayon then next nito is coaches’ meeting. Dun na namin ise-set yung technical guidelines,” he said. He then continued, “Dun na namin ise-set yung submission ng final lineup para ma-screen na ng committee.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

ABL champion Ray Parks Jr. to roar in MPBL with Mandaluyong El Tigre

Mandaluyong has just made the biggest splash thus far in the leadup to the next conference of the inaugural Maharika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). The rookie team is all set to banner Ray Parks Jr. as its main man in the league’s next conference tipping off on June. “Yes, sa amin siya maglalaro,” head coach Mac Cuan said. This, confirming the report first broken by Fox Sports’ Rey Joble. This will be a reunion for Cuan and Parks Jr. who are fresh off a championship with Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League. They will be also joined by JR Alabanza, Lo Domingo, and Oping Sumalinog. With the key cogs of Alab now on their side, Mandaluyong is bound to make noise in the fledgling league. “We’re very confident about our chances naman. Now, we just have to put in the work and make sure to surround the Alab core with pieces who can compliment them,” the mentor said. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

ABL: Alab fails to slay Vampire in Game 4 thanks to Brickman, Zamar

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Alab Pilipinas was on the brink of a championship in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. Mono’s Filipino imports Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar weren’t going to let them have it just yet, however, and took charge in the last three minutes and took for Vampire an 88-83 triumph over Alab on Monday at the Stadium 29 here. Brickman had two points and one assist and Zamar also had two points of his own in the endgame to ward off their oncoming kababayans and seize the series-levelling Game 4 win for the home team. Mono built up an eight-point lead early in the final frame only to see Ray Parks Jr. get hot and shoot the Filipinos to within five, 77-82, with 3:13 remaining. It was at that point, however, that Brickman set up Darongpan Apiromvilaichai for a corner three and then followed that up with a layup to re-establish an 86-79 advantage in Vampire’s favor. Lo Domingo and Justin Brownlee again let the visitors threaten at 83-86, but Zamar closed the door on them once and for all with a floater over the outstretched arms of Parks Jr. In the end, Brickman totaled 13 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, and four steals while Zamar wound up with 11 markers, five dimes, four boards, and two pilfers. The Filipino imports proved to be the difference for Vampire as both Mike Singletary and Sam Deguara failed to make an impact in the endgame. Still the former had 20 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and five steals while the latter had a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double. The two teams will now head back to the Philippines for the winner-take-all Game 5 set for Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. For Alab, Parks Jr. showed the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. In the first of their two chances to take the title, both Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman were frustrated into substandard showings with the former posting 18 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists and the latter posting 18 markers, 13 rebounds, and five dimes. The two reinforcements combined for 15 turnovers. In all, the Filipinos turned the ball over 26 times leading to 24 points for their opponents. BOX SCORES MONO VAMPIRE 88 – Singletary 20, Deguara 20, Brickman 13, Zamar 11, Apiromvilaichai 9, Chanthachon 6, Ananti 6, Klahan 3 SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 83 – Parks Jr. 21, Brownlee 18, Balkman 18, Domingo 14, Raymundo 5, Sumalinog 3, Urbiztondo 2, Javelona 2, Alabanza 0, Hontiveros 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 45-42, 69-69, 88-83 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

ABL: DPoY Balkman on 7-5 Deguara: ‘I can’t wait to see him (again)’

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Alab Pilipinas dropped Game 2 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals at home to Mono Vampire. And just like everybody else, Filipino head coach Jimmy Alapag knew the biggest difference between the two teams. “[Sam] Deguara really hurt us tonight. A 30-20 game in a 40-minute game is a heck of a game,” he told reporters post-game. Deguara, Thailand’s 7-foot-5 reinforcement, towered above all of Renaldo Balkman, Lo Domingo, and JR Alabanza to pound in 30 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks. It was also him who made good on the basket and bonus that proved to be the go-ahead basket for his team. “I thought they did a great job of finding him. We allowed him to establish himself in the pain and every time we did, he made us pay,” Alapag said. “We just gotta be better on Saturday.” Being better in Game 3 of the best-of-five series starts and ends with Balkman, who has done nothing but an admirable job of mixing it up with Deguara’s height and heft. And true to his self, the Filipino team’s reinforcement from Puerto Rico is only looking forward to having another crack at his latest challenge. “I can’t wait to see him on Saturday. He played a good game, that’s all I can say,” he said. He then continued, “But it’s all good, man. Let’s wait to see what happens in Game 3.” If needed, Balkman said he can go another full game without rest. “I’ll play another 40 minutes, that’s how I feel right now. It’s all good,” he said, after collecting 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and two steals while playing all 40 minutes of Game 2. Alapag knows his big man is only telling the truth. Asked about not resting Balkman, he answered, “He’s built for it. That’s the least of my concerns.” As always, Game 3 of the ABL Finals will still be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

ABL: Alab has no answer for 7-5 Deguara as Mono evens Finals series

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA - Sam Deguara has been, literally, the biggest difference in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball Finals. Fouling out in the endgame the last time around, the 7-foot-5 made sure to wreak havoc all game long in this one to tow Thailand’s Mono Vampire to a gritty 103-100 victory versus Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. Deguara towered above all of Renaldo Balkman, Lo Domingo, and JR Alabanza to pound in 30 points, 20 rebounds, and five blocks and ultimately lifted the Thais into evening the best-of-five series at 1-1. It was also the reinforcement from Malta who made good on the basket and bonus that broke off a tied tally of 98-all and built up a 101-98 advantage in his team’s favor with 1:10 remaining. Balkman came right back with a short stab in the next possession, but that would be the last bucket the Filipinos would hit as Ray Parks Jr. and Justin Brownlee botched their attempts in the dying moments. Deguara had backup as American import Mike Singletary and Filipino import Paul Zamar scored 26 and 12 points, respectively. Filipino-American Jason Brickman also masterfully quarterbacked their offense and totaled 15 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, and two steals. Now, both momentum and homecourt advantage are with Mono as the series swings to Bangkok. Nonetheless, the Philippines will go all out to overcome the odds. Freshly-crowned Defensive Player of the Year Balkman showed the way for Alab with 37 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and two steals while newly-minted Local MVP Parks Jr. contributed 21 markers, eight boards, four dimes, three pilfers, and two rejections. Brownlee got off to a strong start with 11 points in the first quarter, but only wound up with 14. He also battled an apparent leg injury that forced him to the bench near the end of the third quarter. He missed majority of the final frame and was clearly not 100 percent when he launched his triple tries in the last 15 seconds that would have forced overtime. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Finals-bound Alab Pilipinas dethrones Hong Kong in emphatic sweep

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Alab Pilipinas is into its first-ever Finals now in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. And they are going there with their confidence as high as ever, having gone undefeated thus far in the playoffs. Renaldo Balkman yet again proved to be no match for neither Ryan Moss nor Christian Standhardinger, Justin Brownlee and Ray Parks Jr. were right there by his side, and the Filipinos blasted the crown off the heads of now-dethroned Hong Kong, 79-72, on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. Coming off a league playoff record 46-point outburst in Game 1 of the semifinals series, the Puerto Rican reinforcement remained a force and pounded in 21 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Balkman was a mismatch inside and also had the thunderous throwdown that detonated the 16-5 burst that broke off a tied tally of 43-all and built up a 52-43 advantage in favor of the Philippines. The home team would hold on to the lead for the remainder of the game, even as Marcus Elliott and Christian Standhardinger kept coming and pulled Eastern to within 70-77 with 38 ticks to go. Brownlee’s free throws and a pair of defensive stops, however, ultimately boosted Alab to the best-of-five championship round. There, they try to continue streaking all the way to their first-ever title. Brownlee wound up with a team-high 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists while Parks Jr. chipped in 13 markers, 13 boards, and five dimes. Pao Javelona also came up big with 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists as starting point guard Josh Urbiztondo was still hobbled. Winners of seven straight, the Filipinos will face either top-seed Chong Son of China or resurgent Mono of Thailand in the Finals commencing next week. Elliott topped the scoring column for Hong Kong with 25 points. Filipino-German Standhardinger had a 15-point, 16-rebound double-double in his last game in the ABL before he takes his talents to San Miguel in the PBA. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 79 — Brownlee 22, Balkman 21, Parks 13, Javelona 11, Raymundo 6, Alabanza 4, Domingo 2, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0, Urbiztondo 0. HONG KONG EASTERN 72 — Elliott 25, Standhardinger 16, Moss 15, Lamb 8, Lee 4, Lau 3, Tang 1, Xu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-16, 37-32, 60-49, 79-72. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Alab Pilipinas finishes off q’finals sweep of fighting Saigon

HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM - Alab Pilipinas has just proven it can win pretty and it can win ugly in its quarterfinals conquest in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos used total team effort once more, only this time to power through a very physical challenge put up by home team Saigon, 96-85, on Saturday at the CIS Arena. This hardfought win, coupled with their Game 1 win where they came out on top in a high-scoring affair, sends them to the semifinals opposite defending champion Hong Kong. That best-of-three series starts on Wednesday and as always, will be on S+A and S+A HD. The two teams were all even at 40-all late in the second before a thunderous throwdown from Lo Domingo went back-to-back with a slam jam from Justin Brownlee in a 10-2 run for a 50-42 lead in favor of the Philippines early in the third. Both the advantage and the momentum would never leave their side for the remainder of the game. In the end, Domingo turned in the best game of the season with 21 points on top of six rebounds and three assists off the bench. Renaldo Balkman posted a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double while Brownlee also pounded in 18 markers and 13 boards. Pao Javelona and Ray Parks Jr. also added 11 and 10 points, respectively, as Alab continued to play its best basketball heading deeper into the season. For the Heat, Akeem Scott showed the way with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 96 — Balkman 21, Domingo 21, Brownlee 18, Javelona 11, Parks 10, Raymundo 6, Urbiztondo 6, Hontiveros 3, Celiz 0, Sumalinog 0. SAIGON HEAT 85 — Scott 22, Esho 20, Morgan 17, Arnold 14, S. Nguyen 6, Williams 6, H. Nguyen 0, To QT 0. QUARTER SCORES: 28-27, 46-42, 73-59, 96-85. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Balkman, Brownlee deliver as Alab draws first blood vs Saigon

Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee both did what was expected of them in the curtain-raiser for the playoffs of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. The rest of Alab Pilipinas only followed suit as they took care of business against visiting Saigon, 110-100, on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. With their team opening the best-of-three quarterfinals series at home, the Puerto Rican and the American didn’t let the jam-packed crowd down and stood at the forefront of the attack for the Filipinos. Trailing by one at the midway mark of the opening period, Brownlee took on the scoring load and fired eight points in the 17-5 run that took away a 28-17 lead for his team. Balkman also did his part and already had an 11-point, 16-rebound double-double after the first two quarters. In the second half, Ray Parks Jr. and Dondon Hontiveros then joined in on the fun as the Alab lead ballooned to as much as 22, 97-75, early in the final frame. Akeem Scott still pulled Saigon to within 10, 96-106, inside the last two minutes only to see makes from Parks Jr. and Brownlee put them away for good. Parks Jr. topped the scoring column for the Filipinos with 24 points while Brownlee stuffed the stat sheet with 22 markers, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Balkman was a force down low with 17 points, 20 rebounds, and six assists and was backstopped by Lo Domingo who had 18 markers and six boards to his name. Alab will travel to Vietnam next Saturday for a chance to sweep the series and move on to a matchup with second-seeded and defending champion Hong Kong. As always, that game will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/abl. Maxie Esho paced the Heat with a career-high 42 points while Scott and Filipino-American Mikey Williams chipped in 19 points apiece. However, they were unable to overcome the loss of head coach Kyle Julius who was ejected after incurring technical fouls, both for continuous complaining, in the first and second quarters. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 110 – Parks Jr. 24, Brownlee 22, Domingo 18, Balkman 17, Hontiveros 8, Raymundo 7, Sumalinog 6, Javelona 5, Celiz 3 SAIGON HEAT 100 – Esho 42, Scott 19, Williams 19, Morgan 16, Nguyen 3, Arnold 1 QUARTER SCORES: 30-24, 57-47, 90-72, 110-100 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Alab Pilipinas arrests two-game slide in blowout win

San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas halted a two-game slide with an emphatic 126-100 drubbing of Saigon Heat in the 2017-18 Asean Basketball League Wednesday night in front a rocking crowd inside the USEP Gym in Davao City. The home team poured a whopping 72 points in a scoring clinic in the second and third quarters to turn a close game at the end of the first 10 minutes of action into a merciless blowout. Alab Pilipinas tied Mono Vampire at 12-6 win-loss record with Puerto Rican reinforcement Renaldo Balkman and American import Justin Brownlee doing most of the damage early before taking an early rest. Balkman finished with 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Brownlee posted double-double with 24 markers and 13 boards with four assists for Alab Pilipinas. Pamboy Raymundo and Bobby Ray Parks chipped in with 13 points each for the home team. Alab Pilipinas closed the opening period with a slim 29-25 lead before peppering the Vietnamese squad with a scoring barrage to build a huge cushion that even ballooned to 126-94 with 1:39 left in the ballgame off a basket by JR Alabanza. Saigon Heat dropped to 9-9 slate and saw its two-game winning run snapped. Maxie Esho scored 24 points while Michael Williams got 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for Saigon Heat.    Box score: Alab Pilipinas (126) – Balkman 30, Brownlee 24, Parks 13, Raymundo 13, Javelona 11, Sumalinog 7, Domingo 6, Hontiveros 6, Urbiztondo 5, Alabanza 5, Celiz 4, Maierhofer 2. Saigon Heat (100) – Esho 24, Williams 19, Scott 15, Morgan 13, T. Nguyen 11, Arnold 7, H. Nguyen 5, Le 3, H. Nguyen 3, To 0. Quarter Scores: 29-25; 68-50; 101-73; 126-100.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles           .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Red-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win

[pullquote][/pullquote] San Miguel Alab Pilipinas couldn't be stopped as it ran roughshod over Formosa Dreamers, 117-93, for its eighth straight victory in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna. The hottest team in the league banked on its versatile imports to improve to 11-4 in the standings. Justin Brownlee was as lethal as ever, firing 27 points and scattering 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals to stuff the stat sheets in the rout. Renaldo Balkman also registered another double-double of 21 markers and 14 boards that went with six dimes, and five rejections, while Lawrence Domingo fired a season-high 16 points ...Keep on reading: Red-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

Balkman fuels Alab Pilipinas to seventh straight win

For the fourth game in a row in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League, Renaldo Balkman was the man for Alab Pilipinas. Scoring 13 of his 36 points in the final frame, Balkman put the Filipinos on his more than capable shoulders and carried them past very game home team CLS for an 80-73 win on Sunday at the GOR CLS Kertajaya in Surabaya, Indonesia. The Puerto Rican powerhouse also hauled in 10 rebounds and three blocks, but it was his outburst in the payoff period that spurred the Philippines to a seventh win in a row and 10th overall in 14 games. With Alab trailing by a point after three quarters, Balkman took matters into his own hands and had all but two points in an 8-0 run that snatched away a 67-60 lead for his team. Then with the Knights threatening anew at 70-71 inside the last six minutes, it was again the 6-foot-8 big man who pounded in five points, including a thunderous throwdown, in a 9-3 counter that re-upped the Filipinos’ advantage to 80-73. That edge would hold for the next 37 seconds. Flanking Balkman were Justin Brownlee, who was one assist shy of a triple-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, as well as Ray Parks Jr. who chipped in 17 markers, four boards, and four assists. Extending its unbeaten run, the Philippines is now breathing down the necks of league-leading and defending champion Hong Kong and impressive rookie team Chong Son of China. For the Indonesians, Brian Williams showed the way with 24 points and 17 rebounds. BOX SCORES SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 80 – Balkman 36, Parks Jr. 17, Brownlee 16, Domingo 8, Urbiztondo 3, Raymundo 0, Celiz 0, Sumalinog 0, Hontiveros 0, Alabanza 0, Javelona 0 CLS KNIGHTS 73 – Williams 24, Edwards 17, Wuysang 13, Jensen 12, Lish 5, Enguio 2, Kurniawan 0, Hidayat 0, Nugroho 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-19, 47-43, 59-60, 80-73 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018