|Alab stays hot. Glenn Tan/ABL (file photo)|
By Ivan Saldajeno
STA. ROSA, Laguna—Alab Pilipinas cruised to its eighth straight win in the ABL after a 117-93 rout of Formosa at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on Sunday night.
Alab slowly but surely pulled away from the Dreamers and completed the shattering on a 38-point fourth quarter as they came close to matching the league season-high of 120 points set by the Eastern Long Lions on Dec. 17 also against the same Dreamers squad.
Justin Brownlee went 5-for-6 from long range in the second half to lead Alab with 27 points along with 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals.
Renaldo Balkman added 21 markers, 14 boards, six dimes, and five rejections as he held his own against the towering Ronnie Aguilar at the post.
A day before his birthday, Ray-Ray Parks chipped in 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Cameron Forte made 29 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block for Formosa, which, following Saigon's win at CLS, was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Saigon 93 CLS 88
In Surabaya, Saigon boosted its playoff bid with a 93-88 win at CLS.
Maxie Esho led the Heat, who barged to the .500 mark at 7-7, with 27 points in just 13 shots, 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal, while Akeem Scott added 26 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and four steals. They are now a half-game behind the Malaysia Dragons for fifth place.
Shane Edwards fired 33 markers, while Mario Wuysang added 20 for the Knights, who fell to 3-11.
Alab vs. Formosa
Alab Pilipinas 117-Brownlee 27, Balkman 21, Domingo 16, Parks 15, Hontiveros 11, Sumalinog 11, Urbiztondo 9, Raymundo 3, Javelona 2, Alabanza 2, Celiz 0
Formosa 93-Forte 29, Aguilar 20, Wu 18, Chien 7, Chou 4, Barratt 3, Yang 2, C. Li 0, Tsai 0, P. Li 0, Cheng 0
Quarterscores: 28-19, 52-38, 79-66, 117-93
CLS vs. Saigon
Saigon 93-Esho 27, Scott 26, Williams 17, Arnold 15, S. Nguyen 8, Waale 0, H. Nguyen 0
CLS 88-Edwards 33, Wuysang 20, Williams 18, Kurniawan 6, Gemilang 4, Negroho 3, Lish 0, Utomo 0, Hidayat 0, Enguio 0
Quarterscores: 23-9, 42-30, 64-57, 93-88
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