The Formosa Dreamers take aim at the number one spot when they take on the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas this Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi Purpose Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.
The two proud ball clubs are one and two in the team standings with Alab Pilipinas up front with an 18-6 record and are closely followed by the Formosa Dreamers at 17-6.
The Dreamers are the hottest team in the league, currently riding on a seven-game winning streak. Their last victory actually came at the expense of Alab Pilipinas last March 10. Tevin Glass emerged as the leading scorer for Formosa in the win over the Philippines, dropping 27 points in the 79-71 victory. In that game, four key Alab players were out nursing injuries, including World Import Renaldo Balkman, and the Dreamers took full advantage
Alab Pilipinas meanwhile have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. Their last loss was a humbling 30-point defeat at the hands of the Macau Black Bears. Mikh McKinney and Dewarick Spencer combined for 85 points as the Black Bears dominated the defending champs. Alab was again short-handed, missing Balkman, Lo Domingo, and Brandon Rosser. PJ Ramos did his best with 24 points and nine rebounds but it was not enough to get the win.
If Balkman and company are still out, Glass and fellow World Imports Will Artino and Malcolm Miller can have big games for Formosa. And for the Philippines, it’ll need a huge effort from its locals especially Ray Parks. The two-time Local MVP is averaging 15.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists for the season. If Alab wants to stay on top, Parks has to be one of the focal points on offense.
Alab’s immaculate 12-0 record on home soil will also be at stake. They are the lone ABL team this season with an undefeated record at home. The Dreamers meanwhile are 6-4 on the road.
Will the Formosa Dreamers take the number one spot in the standings or can the undermanned San Miguel Alab Pilipinas pull through at home?