ABL: Alab throttles Saigon, keeps bid for top-2 finish alive


Posted at Mar 14 2018 10:31 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2018 10:42 PM

Renaldo Balkman scored 30 points, and Justin Brownlee added 24 points and 13 rebounds, as Alab Pilipinas routed Saigon Heat 126-100 in the ASEAN Basketball League at University of Southeastern Philippines Gym in Davao city on Wednesday.

The win enabled Alab to raise their record to 12-6, tying Thailand club Mono Vampire for third to fourth places, behind first-place Hong Kong Eastern (12-4) and No. 2 Chong Son Kung Fu (13-5).

The top-2 finishers get an automatic semifinals berth.

Alab took advantage of the visitors’ shallow bench, breaking away from them in the second quarter, where the hosts outscored Saigon 39-25.

Balkman shot 12 of 18 from the field for Alab, which pulled off the victory despite injuries to Josh Urbiztondo and Robbie Celiz, who needed leave the game.

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