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ABL 8 Finals Alab vs. Mono – Balkman-0066
ABL 8 Finals Alab vs. Mono – Balkman-0066


Alab Pilipinas continues mastery of Mono for third straight win

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas have kept their mastery of Mono Vampire BC in the 9th ASEAN Basketball League, dealing them a harsh 78-59 beatdown on their home turf in Stadium29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Saturday evening.

Alab have now swept Mono in their season series. They previously beat the Thai team, 110-100, last January 20 at the Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna – the same venue where Mono lost the ABL Finals to Alab last year.

The Philippine-based club team racked up their third straight win. Alab improve to 16-3, while dragging Mono down to 5-14.

Renaldo Balkman led Alab and all scorers with 31 points on 60 percent shooting along with six rebounds, four steals, and two assists. PJ Ramos backed him up with 16 markers, 19 boards, and seven dimes.

Balkman scored 11 of his output in the third quarter, where Alab unfurled a 15-7 scoring spree – ended by a Josh Urbiztondo three-pointer – en route to a 55-40 lead with 3:48 on the clock to keep Mono at bay until the final buzzer.

Alab would go on to lead by as many as 20 points, after a Ramos one-handed dunk with 6:09 left to play.

World Imports Mike Singletary and Malcolm White had 17 points apiece to lead Mono, with White adding eight rebounds. Tyler Lamb had an all-around outing by producing 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

Mono missed the services of World Import Romeo Travis due to knee issues.

San Miguel Alab will next face the 8-7 Macau Black Bears – whom they defeated, 106-99, last January 18 at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City – on February 27, Wednesday, at the University of Macau Sports Complex.

The Scores:

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San Miguel Alab 78 – Balkman 31, Ramos 16, Parks 9, Domingo 8, Javelona 8, Tiongson 3, Urbiztondo 3, Alvano 0, Rosser 0, Alabanza 0, Torres 0, Rivero 0.

Mono 59 — White 17, Singletary 17, Lamb 13, Ananti 4, Saengtong 3, Klahan 3, Lish 2, Apiromvilaichai 0, Chanthachon 0, Morgan 0, Towaroj 0.

Quartersscores: 24-19, 40-33, 62-48, 78-59.

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