The Formosa Dreamers’ late-season surge continued on Sunday after beating San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, 79-71, extending their winning streak to seven games.
In front of a boisterous crowd inside the Changhua County Stadium in Changhua City, the Dreamers flashed their playoff form in beating the defending champions. Tevin Glass led the offense with 27 points on 9-of-15 shots, while Malcolm Miller had 18 points and Will Artino added 16. The Formosa Big Three combined for 35 rebounds.
The Dreamers took full advantage of the undermanned Alab squad who were missing four key players – Renaldo Balkman, Lawrence Domingo, Caelan Tiongson, and Brandon Rosser. With the Philippines down four men, Ray Parks gave a valiant effort of 27 points on an efficient 11-for-17 clip to go along with six rebounds. The two-time Local MVP kept his team afloat, particularly in the third period when he dropped 13 points with an array of shots from the perimeter. Thanks largely to Parks, Alab was able to take a slim 62-59 lead heading into the final frame.
But the final frame belonged to the home squad as the Dreamers unleashed a back-breaking 12-4 run to open the quarter behind Artino and Miller, establishing a 71-66 advantage. Parks finally stopped the scoring drought of Alab with a layup but Glass quickly answered with a floater to push the lead back up to five. The Philippines’ last gasp would be a gutsy 3-pointer from Parks to make it 73-71, just under three minutes remaining. However, that proved to be the last bucket by the defending champions in the endgame as the Dreamers would score the last six shots of the contest.
Ethan Alvano stepped up for the short-handed Philippine squad with 14 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists while PJ Ramos mustered 12 points on a rough shooting night while grabbing 10 boards.
The edge for the Dreamers was the turnover count as they forced Alab to 17 errors. They were disruptive on the defensive end, especially in the fourth period when they held their opponent to just nine points.
With the victory, Formosa improves to a 17-6 record, winning its last seven ball games. The Dreamers are also the lone team to beat last year’s title holders twice this season. Alab Pilipinas, on the other hand, are still on top of the team standings with an 18-5 record.