The hottest team in the ABL right now is the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. Winners of six straight, they have risen into third place in the team standings. Their next challenge will be taking on the CLS Knights Indonesia at GOR CLS Kertajaya, Surabaya.
In Alab’s last game, they were able to withstand a gritty Mono Vampire squad. Renaldo Balkman’s go-ahead basket with 3.8 seconds left gave the Philippines the victory.
Balkman was the hero for the Philippines in their matchup against Mono. His stats and game-winner made headlines but Balkman was also the primary defender for Mono’s big man Samuel Deguara. It was a terrific effort from both ends of the court for Balkman.
Tyring to stop Balkman and company will be the CLS Knights.
The Knights played without Brian Williams and Keith Jensen and suffered a huge 100-75 loss against Chong Son Kung Fu. Williams was suspended after getting his fifth technical foul of the season while Jensen was not able to secure a visa in time. The two will be back in action to try to slow down the Philippine team.
In terms of matchup, Shane Edwards will mostly likely be tasked to guard Balkman. Edwards has the speed, length, and size to keep up with Alab’s World Import. Interestingly, both players are averaging almost the same number of points and rebounds for their respective squads. Edwards is putting up 22.0 points and 10.3 rebounds while Balkman averages 21.7 and 11.7.
Edwards and the rest of the Knights will be in full force as they try to halt the streaking Alab Pilipinas.