Eastern freezes Alab to grab solo second

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Marcus Elliot and Eastern caught fire in the second en route to a thrashing of Alab Pilipinas. (ABL)
By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--Behind their hot shooting from the behind the arc and their pesky pressure defense, Eastern put out Alab Pilipinas' fire for a 93-80 win at the Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong.

The Long Lions caught fire in the second quarter with a 31-point explosion, including five triples to make a close 24-16 contest into a 55-37 edge by halftime and led by as much as 29, 89-60 midway thru the fourth on a virtually wire-to-wire win to grab solo second in the standings at 6-2.

Marcus Elliot led all scorers with 27 points, with Tyler Lamb backing him up with 23, shooting the lights out behind the arc with a 5/8 clip.

Ray Parks does not mind the Gilas snub, as he led the visitors once again with 23, and James Hughes with 19, but Coach Mac Cuan and Alab were stunned by Edu Torres' use of press in the entirety of the game, forcing them to turn the ball over 21 times that were converted to 22 points by the hosts.

Alab had their three-game win streak halted and fell to solo third at 5-3, but they will have five days to recover from the loss when they play host to the Saigon Heat in ParaƱaque on Friday.

Box Scores:

Eastern 93-Elliot 27, Lamb 23, Sullivan 14, Chan 11, Guinchard 10, Fong 6, Chung 2

Alab 80-Parks 23, Hughes 19, Domingo 12, Carter 9, Celiz 8, Fortuna 3, Hubalde 2, Knuttel 2, Thiele 2

Quarterscores: 24-16, 55-37, 76-53, 93-80

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