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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

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

Yes, Ray Parks Jr. is still capable of doing Ray Parks Jr. things

With a thrilling comeback triumph on Wednesday, Alab Pilipinas is now on a four-game winning streak in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. More than that, they are 5-1 with Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman as reinforcements. However, those two will not determine whether or not the Filipinos can hang with defending champion Hong Kong or impressive rookie team Chong Son, the top two teams in the tournament thus far. Ray Parks Jr. proved that last Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa in Laguna as he led the Philippines to its biggest win of the season, coming at the expense of second-running Kung Fu. The reigning and defending Local MVP dropped a season-high 31 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. With him doing the heavy lifting, Alab was able to overcome a ghastly 7-of-27 shooting night from Brownlee and eke out a come from behind overtime victory. For Parks Jr., he was just doing his job. “To be honest, I’m bold enough to say it, we have the best locals. We’re gunning for a championship this year and all of us, we’re doing everything we could,” he said. He then continued, “It takes a lot of sacrifice individually to play as a team. Whoever scores the most points, we don’t care because any one of us can (go) off at any time.” Before this game, the Filipino-American swingman was yet to break the 20-point marker. With this breakout, however, we may very well be seeing the Parks Jr. we have come to know. Of course, the Filipino-American made it clear that this doesn’t mean that the Filipino team will be reverting to the one-man team it was a season ago. “We’re here to support the imports – it doesn’t matter if it’s rebounding, defending, scoring. I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said. He then continued, “That’s the biggest thing. Everyone here is doing their role. (The imports) are here to score, carry a heavy role and we’re (locals) here to support them.” Indeed, with Brownlee and Josh Urbiztondo coming on late and Balkman providing tremendous energy and effort, they showed that not only can they hang, but they can even take down a top team such as Chong Son. “It just feels great to get a win against one of the best teams in the league. Hopefully, this just continues for us,” he said --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Brownlee, Balkman prove worth as Alab goes on a winning streak

Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman wasted no time in proving that they are just the fuel needed to stoke the fire under Alab Pilipinas. With their two new reinforcements showing the way, the Filipinos got the better of visiting Westports Malaysia, 90-79, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Brownlee showcased his shooting while Balkman imposed an inside presence to help the Philippines go on its first win run in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League It was also those two who connived in the 21-3 tear bridging the third and fourth quarters that turned a three-point deficit into an 81-66 advantage. In that run alone, Brownlee had six points and two assists while Balkman had nine markers and four rebounds, taking the fight out of the Dragons. It was nothing but an impactful debut for the two new reinforcements who had just replaced Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa. Alab would not be threatened for the remainder of the game as the home crowd celebrated their team’s improvement to 2-3. In the end, Brownlee stuffed the stat sheet with 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks while Balkman posted his own 17-point, 11-rebound double-double. Josh Urbiztondo and Robby Celiz also added 13 and 10 markers, respectively. For Westports Malaysia, Filipino-American Joshua Munzon impressed anew with 21 points and nine rebounds. Without an answer for Brownlee and Balkman, however, they lost for the third time in a row following a season-opening win. BOX SCORES TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 90 - Brownlee 29, Balkman 17, Urbiztondo 13, Celiz 10, Parks 8, Domingo 6, Maierhoffer 4, Hontiveros 3, Javellona 0, Sumalinog 0, Alabanza 0, Raymundo 0 WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS 79 - Munzon 21, Marshall 17, West 16, Yeo 8, Kuek 4, Cabahug 0, Ng 0, Teo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-13, 39-32, 68-63, 90-79 —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Free entry in MOA Arena for Alab Pilipinas’ first home game

Alab Pilipinas will be playing in the biggest venue it has ever played in to commence its campaign for the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. The Filipinos will be playing host to defending champion Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club on November 19 at the MOA Arena. It will be the first time that the Philippines’ representatives in the region’s first and only professional league will be playing in one of the country’s foremost venues. In their maiden season, Alab played in provincial venues as well as the Olivarez College Gym in Paranaque. Now, however, they only want more and more Filipinos to be there to cheer them on. “It’s a treat to our supporters,” team manager Charlie Dy said. The even better news is that seating will be free of charge as the team itself will be giving away tickets for free. Dy said fans only need to check their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to find out how to avail of free entry. Those who will make it inside the 20, 000-seater arena in Pasay will be treated to a Filipino team bannered by reigning and defending Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. and coached by legendary Jimmy Alapag. Flanking them are also legendary Dondon Hontiveros, American reinforcements Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa, as well as battle-hardened veterans Robby Celiz, Lo Domingo, Pao Javelona, Rico Maierhofer, Pamboy Raymundo, Oping Sumalinog, and Josh Urbiztondo. Alab will be challenging the defending champions who will still be led into battle by World MVP Marcus Elliott and Asean Heritage MVP Tyler Lamb along with Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger. And for those who will not make it inside the MOA Arena, all of the action will still be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/abl. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

PBA Draft: Perez or Parks Jr. for 1st pick? Legends debate

Lyceum star CJ Perez and Alab Pilipinas captain Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are the concensus top-two picks for the upcoming 2018 PBA Draft this Sunday. What's unsure, however, is who Columbian Dyip, the owner of this year's top pick, should actually draft. PBA legends Gary David and Dondon Hontiveros were on hand at The Score's studio along with LA Tenorio and Beau Belga last Thursday to break down the exciting rivalry of sorts between Perez and Parks that's been adding spice to the PBA Draft. SPORTS SQUAD RELOADED! @dhonts7, Gary David, @LA_Tenorio, Beau Belaga and @micohalili discuss the possible top picks of the 2018 rookie draft! Who ya got? pic.twitter.com/56urqgJVFD — The Score (@TheScorePH) December 13, 2018 The question: Who should go first, and why? Hontiveros, who now plays for Alab Pilipinas in the ABL, obviously had Parks Jr. as this year's top pick.  The Cebuano hotshot was all praise for Parks Jr. and his ability to take charge and lead the team, which has already been proven with Alab's championship run last season.  David, Tenorio, and Belga, however, are all for CJ being the top pick. They all cited Perez's all-around game, his defense, and his ability to lead by example after two seasons with Lyceum.  What sets his apart, says Tenorio, was his willingness to learn, which is as important as any trait, said the Ginebra guard. Watch the entire breakdown below: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News11 hr. 43 min. ago

Imports power Alab Pilipinas past Indonesia in debut ABL match

Defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas had a dominant debut in a 94-67 whipping of CLS Knights Indonesia in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. Alab was the last team to play this season and its masterful performance made it worth the wait. Returning Alab reinforcement Renaldo Balkman and new import PJ Ramos proved too much for the Knights as they combined for 53 points and 24 rebounds. It was a wire-to-wire win for Alab, which scored the game's first seven points and led by 30 points in the fourth quarter. Ray Parks, the reigning two-time local MVP, had 10 points while newly acquired Caelan Tiongson did a little bit of e...Keep on reading: Imports power Alab Pilipinas past Indonesia in debut ABL match.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Alab Pilipinas dumps CLS Knights behind Renaldo Balkman, PJ Ramos

MANILA, Philippines -- Defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas had a dominant debut in a 94-67 whipping of CLS Knights Indonesia in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna. Alab was the last team to play this season and its masterful performance made it worth the wait. Returning Alab reinforcement Renaldo Balkman and new import PJ Ramos proved too much for the Knights as they combined for 53 points and 24 rebounds. It was a wire-to-wire win for Alab, which scored the game's first seven points and led by 30 points in the fourth quarter. Ray Parks, the reigning two-time local MVP, had 10 points while newly-acquired Caelan Tiongson did ...Keep on reading: Alab Pilipinas dumps CLS Knights behind Renaldo Balkman, PJ Ramos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

ABL: ABL: Alab s new recruit Brandon Rosser plays like Jay Washington, says Alapag

Brand new Alab recruit Brandon Rosser announced his arrival in the ASEAN Basketball League with a one-handed buzzer-beating dunk Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Sports Complex. The 24-year-old athlete emphatically cleaned up a Renaldo Balkman shot that was supposed to clank off just seconds before the opening frame ended versus CLS Knights Indonesia. Brandon Rosser ends the quarter with a BANG 😳 #ABL9 pic.twitter.com/d9pw5AAxy7 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) December 9, 2018 "I think that was the first tip dunk I've ever had in a game and I think my first buzzer beater as well so getting it both for the first time is pretty cool," he said while narrating his first ABL conversion after Alab's victory, 94-67, over the Knights. The Fil-Am Rosser, who is the younger brother of San Miguel's Matt Ganuelas-Rosser in the PBA, is one of the several new faces of the young Alab Pilipinas roster. With a brother who already knows the ropes around Filipino basketball, he shared the wisdom that was given to him leading up to his Alab debut. "He said that the Filipino fans really appreciate hardworkers so I just come in and be myself and play for the fans and play for the country," said the younger Rosser whose brothers were present in the game. And hard work was exactly what he did in his first game where he finished with six points, two rebounds, two assists. He held his own while defending against massive opponents from the CLS Knights. Alab Head coach Jimmy Alapag gave high praise for the 6-foot-7 forward, as he likened Rosser to former San Miguel Beermen player and current Rain or Shine Elasto Painter, Jay Washington. "Brandon just gives us so much more versatility. He’s a guy who’s 6-foot-7 but he can shoot it, he can put it on the floor. He reminds me a lot of a young Jay Washington. Somebody who gets to the rim, somebody who can knock down perimeter shots. He’s a tough kid," said the sophomore Alab mentor. When asked to comment on the comparison to a PBA champion, Rosser expressed his excitement to reinforce it. "I've heard that comparison before. My brother actually played with Jay Wash too, so I've seen his game. Coach Jimmy, he's always looking out, anything he says, I listen. If he can say that, I'll just keep on building on that and I'll be game," Rosser said. Rosser started his collegiate career in Central Arizona College and finished at the University of California, Riverside. Playing in the ABL for Alab is his first professional basketball stint. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Alab scares off visiting Indonesians for strong start in ABL title defense

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – In just its first game in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League, Alab Pilipinas is already as good as advertised. Renaldo Balkman picked up where he left off, PJ Ramos powered his way through anything and everything, and the Filipinos pounded on outmatched CLS of Indonesia for a 94-67 decision on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here. The Philippines wasted no time in showing off its new and improved firepower as Balkman, their returning reinforcement, did damage from the outside just as Ramos, their new hulking help, had his way inside. Those two merged for 17 points in the opening salvo, by themselves outscoring the Knights who only mustered 14 in the same timeframe. The Alab lead would only balloon to as much as 31. Balkman wound up with 33 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and three blocks while Ramos had 20 markers, 13 boards, and five dimes. Back-to-back Ray Parks Jr. Local MVP, with just 10 points and two assists, didn’t even have to do much for the Filipinos to get off its title defense off on the right foot. Maxie Esho topped the scoring column for the Indonesians with 20 points. They fall to 1-4 in the season. The two teams meet again a week from now, only that time, in Surabaya. BOX SCORES ALAB PILIPINAS 94 – Balkman 33, Ramos 20, Parks Jr. 10, Domingo 6, Rosser 6, Alvano 5, Tiongson 4, Javelona 4, Urbiztondo 3, Torres 3, Alabanza 0, Rivero 0 CLS KNIGHTS 67 – Esho 20, Hurt 19, Utomo 12, Brandon 7, Baskoro 3, Jawato 2, Wong 2, Panagan 2, Kurniawan 0, Hidayat 0, Nugroho 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-14, 46-27, 74-67, 94-67 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riego.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018