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ABL: Dreamers down undermanned Alab

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by Jonas Terrado

Game Friday (Macau, China)
7:30 p.m. — Macau vs Alab Pilipinas

Shorthanded San Miguel Alab Pilipinas lost firm grip of the lead in the fourth quarter and fell 79-71 to Formosa Dreamers in the ASEAN Basketball League at the Changhua County Stadium in Taiwan.

Ray Parks Jr. tried to carry the load for Alab with his offensive surge in the absence of Renaldo Balkman and several players but the host Dreamers went on a searing windup to close in on the Filipino cagers for the top spot.

Parks’ 27 points went to waste as Alab dropped to 18-5 while allowing Formosa to move within a game of the top spot in the standings with three games remaining in the regular season.

Alab also was forced to play parts of the second half without 7-foot-4 PJ Ramos due to four personal fouls.

Tevin Glass had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Malcolm Miller produced 18 points and 12 rebounds and William Artino added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Dreamers.

Coach Jimmy Alapag and Alab missed the services of Balkman after his head was hit on the floor during Friday’s win over the Macau Black Bears in San Juan.

Alab was also without Caelan Tiongson, Brandon Rosser and Lawrence Domingo due to injuries, forcing Alab to have just nine players in uniform.

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