Alab Pilipinas guard Nico Paolo Javelona led the bench scoring of the home team and keep their win-loss card unblemished versus the visiting Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, 86-72.
Javelona delivered 11 points coming-off the bench plus his pesky defense against the guards to the Taiwanese ball-club.
His two three-pointers in the first half help kept Alab in the game while the Dreamers trying to make a separation.
It was in the fourth quarter where the Philippine team made its run and make sure that their opponent won’t recover.
A 21-3 surge unleashed by the home team where seven of its players where seen delivered points for coach Jimmy Alapag.
Ethan Alvano, Caelan Tiongson, Ray Parks Jr., Renaldo Balkman, PJ Ramos, Pao Javelona, and Lo Domingo were those seven Alab players who made at least one basket but most especially they clamped down the scorers of Formosa as they only allowed one field goal and a free-throw in the decisive quarter.
Renaldo Balkman led the way for Alab with his 19 markers and 20 boards. His fellow Puerto Rican teammate PJ Ramos added 16 points and seven rebounds.
Balkman Against Four Formosa Dreamers Defenders
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The reigning MVP, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., logged his best outing so far with 13 points plus a couple of assists and four rebounds.
Dreamers’ streak shooter Malcolm Miller led his team in scoring with 23 points while William Artino chipped in with 14 points and 12 boards.
With that defeat, Formosa now dropped with 6-2 win-loss record. After their amazing 6-0 start, the Taiwanese ball-club probably should go back to their drawing boards and determine what had happen in their back-to-back losses.
Philippines vs Taiwan
Quarters: 14-20 | 39-39 | 63-60 | 86-72.
Alab Pilipinas (86) – Balkman 19, Ramos 16, Parks 13, Javelona 11, Tiongson 6, Domingo 6, Urbiztondo 6, Rosser 5.
Formosa (72) – Miller 23, Artino 14, Glass 14, Chien 11, Tien 5, Wu 3, Lee 2