SMB-Alab too hot for Hong Kong

Tempo - - Sports - (Jonas Terrado)

Game To­day (Changhua, Tai­wan)

3 p.m. – For­mosa vs Alab Pilip­inas Seven-foot-five Sam Deguara of Hong Kong Eastern got into foul trou­ble early and San Miguel-Alab Pilip­inas used it to its ad­van­tage to score an 87-75 win in the ASEAN Bas­ket­ball League Fri­day night at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Pur­pose Com­plex in La­guna.

Seven-foot-four PJ Ramos set the tone for Alab’s break­away af­ter Deguara com­mit­ted three per­sonal fouls in the first three min­utes to fin­ish with 31 points, 12 re­bounds and seven as­sists while Ray Parks Jr. fired 24 points on 9-of-17 shoot­ing to give Alab its sixth win in seven games to stay on top of the stand­ings.

The vic­tory al­lowed coach Jimmy Ala­pag's squad to re­gain its bear­ing af­ter a stun­ning 72-71 loss to the West­ports Malaysia Drag­ons two nights ago in Kuala Lumpur.

In that game, Parks had his worst per­for­mance of the sea­son as he was held to just five points on 2-of-9 shoot­ing.

But Parks made sure he would atone for his strug­gles in front of a good-sized home crowd in Alab's third match of a rig­or­ous stretch of four games in eight days.

Alab will wrap up the gru­el­ing stretch when it trav­els to Changhua, Tai­wan to face the For­mosa Dream­ers to­day.

Lawrence Domingo was the other dou­ble-digit scorer for Alab with 10 points.

Mar­cus El­liott and O'Darien Bas­sett scored 20 and 19 points but Deguara's bench­ing due to fouls had a ma­jor ef­fort for Hong Kong which fell to a 7-5 record.

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