For the first time in franchise history, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas played in Cebu and they made sure the local fans will not be disappointed with a 105-95 victory against the Wolf Warriors, Sunday night, to keep unbeaten streak alive in their title-retention campaign.
After a hotly contested first quarter, the floodgates opened for Alab in the second period as they waxed hot from downtown. The ABL defending champions swished eight triples in the quarter led by four makes coming from Josh Urbiztondo. Alab walloped the Wolf Warriors for 37 points in the period to lead 59-43 at the half.
The offensive onslaught continued for Alab as they led by as much as 28 points midway through the fourth quarter, 101-73, before putting their foot off the gas pedal for good and allowing the Wolf Warriors to make it a respectable losing margin in the end.
Still, the winning margin does not paint the real picture of just how dominant Alab was in the game as head coach Jimmy Alapag was able to give his bench a lot of burn with the result of the game no longer in question.
Renaldo Balkman had 21 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the game while PJ Ramos barely lifted a finger on offense with seven points but he added 11 rebounds and six assists to his tally.
Alab’ starting point guard Alvano played the best game of his young ABL career as he finished with 21 points, seven assists, and four steals while shooting an efficient 8 of 13 from the field. Urbiztondo led the second-unit smackdown for the Philippine squad as he chipped in 19 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the three-point range.
Alab had a total of 16 three-point shots made while the Wolf Warriors only had nine. The visiting team was also clobbered in the running game as the defending champions had a 32-2 advantage in fastbreak points.
All of the Wolf Warriors’ starters scored in double digits led by Player of the Week Cai Chan and Mike Bell’s 20 points each. Their new import Mike Taylor added 19 while Cris Shentu and Eddy Curry chipped in 15 and 14, respectively.
However, this would not nearly be enough to deal Alab their first loss as their bench only came up with seven points while the home team’s second unit had 37.
Alab remained at the top spot with their immaculate 5-0 win-loss record while the Wolf Warriors remain at the bottom at 1-9.