by Jonas Terrado
Game Sunday (Changhua, Taiwan)
3 p.m. – Formosa vs Alab Pilipinas
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas took advantage of 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara’s early foul trouble to get back to its winning ways by beating Hong Kong Eastern, 87-75, Friday night in the ASEAN Basketball League at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.
Seven-foot-four PJ Ramos set the tone 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 on Sunday.
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.
Deguara was able to post 14 points and nine rebounds, but his production came mostly when the outcome was almost a mere formality.