The defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas puts its six game winning streak on the line, as the squad faces the surging Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team at the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Tipoff begins 8PM local time.
Fresh from a thrilling victory against the Macau Black Bears, Hong Kong (11-8) has now won back to back ball games to climb to 4th place in the standings.
A backbreaking third period by Hong Kong opened up what was a tight ball game, as they outscored Macau 36-23 in the period. That would prove to be enough of a cushion for Hong Kong, as they took the 111-109 victory. Key for the home squad was the bench contribution, as they outscored the Black Bears’ second unit 22-10. They were also able to limit the Black Bears’ transition attacks, giving up only 4 fastbreak point.
The former MVP Marcus Elliott carried the team on his broad shoulders, and led Hong Kong Eastern to a tough victory against the Macau Black Bears. With 34 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Elliott helped Hong Kong ensure the victory despite a furious push by the Black Bears
San Miguel Pilipinas on the other hand has been absolutely dominant once again, still without a loss on their homecourt. They’ve proven to be vulnerable on the road though, as both of their losses have come as visitors of the Westports Malaysia Dragons and Formosa Dreamers.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas was hardly challenged, as the squad of Coach Jimmy Alapag cruised to a 111-87 win over the Heat. Alab Pilipinas was simply unstoppable in the paint, as they devoured the Heat with 70 points in the paint compared to only 10 for the Heat. They also did an excellent distributing the ball with 28 dimes, compared to 16 for the Heat. Alab Pilipinas picked up its sixth straight victory, and remains unbeaten at home.
After missing time to recover from injury, the reigning local MVP Ray Parks made his triumphant return back to the lineup, helping San Miguel Alab Pilipinas trample the Saigon Heat. In doing so, Parks also eclipsed the 1,000 point mark, a testament to how much he has accomplished in only three seasons in the ABL.