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Alab scores comeback victory vs Macau Black Bears

By Jean Adnaloy Sarabia

MANILA--San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas made a late game pull-away victory over the Macau Black Bears, 106-99, Friday night at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The two teams showed how much they want to win the game by going toe-to-toe most of the time, but Alab's Renaldo Balkman, Pao Javelona and PJ Ramos exploded in the second half and made a 10-1 run against the Black Bears that gave them an 82-73 advantage. 

The Black Bears tried to clap back, but Alab made sure they will stay undefeated at home as Ray Parks Jr., Ethan Alvano and Caelan Tiongson, together with Balkman and Ramos, hustled it out in the last six minutes of the game to secure the win.

Balkman dropped 37 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists, while Ramos made a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds. 

With a 7-2 record, Alab Pilipinas now holds a half-game lead over Saigon (8-4) for the top spot in the leaderboard.


Alab Pilipinas 106 – Balkman 37, Ramos 21, Parks 13, Domingo 13, Javelona 9, Alvano 7, Tiongson 6, Urbiztondo 0, Rosser 0.

Macau 99 – Watkins 24, Tucker 22, Yu 20, McKinney 18, Liu 12, King 3, Lai 0.

Quarters: 20-19, 47-48, 79-73, 106-99.

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