San Miguel Alab Pilipinas continues to be the hottest team in the ASEAN Basketball League.
Alab notched their seventh win in a row, and tenth overall, after taking down the CLS Knights Indonesia, 80-73, at the GOR Kertajaya in Surabaya.
Renaldo Balkman delivered a monster effort of 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks to lead Alab while Justin Brownlee flirted with a triple-double of 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists.
“We just came in here and we executed,” Balkman said. “Last game, I told them we had to be consistent today we came in and we became consisted and we came out with the win.”
Brownlee caught fire early in the game, knocking down four triples in the first quarter alone. However, he would cool down in the succeeding quarters. Balkman picked up what Bronlee left off and provided a ton of scoring for Alab.
Brian Williams steered the Knights’s attack with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Shane Edwards also contributed 17 points and five boards. The home team was able to snatch the lead heading into the final frame but couldn’t sustain their momentum.
Alab started the pivotal fourth quarter with an 8-0 run that rocked the Knights. The visiting team put the clamps down on the Knights and held them to just 13 points in the period.
“That’s the character and the build of our team – our defense,” Ray Parks proudly shared. “That’s our strength right now and our versatility. We did a good job today of staying composed.”
Aside from the production of Balkman and Brownlee, Parks added 17 points, 4 boards, and 4 dimes for Alab.
Alab now improves their record to 10 wins and 4 losses. They hope to continue their winning streak as they host the Formosa Dreamers next Sunday, February 18.