San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and the Singapore Slingers will try to finish 2018 with a bang as they face off for the final game of the year.
Alab is on top of the standings as they’ve won their first three games in their title-retention bid. However, they’ve had some nervous moments against the CLS Knights Indonesia and the Formosa Dreamers in their last two games. The Philippine squad needed a big performance against the Dreamers in the fourth quarter to secure their third straight victory and thanks to the continued big efforts of Renaldo Balkman, they remained unscathed.
After averaging 34.5 points in their first two games, Balkman slowed down in scoring with only 19 against Formosa. However, he more than made up for it by doubling up on his rebounding with 20. PJ Ramos has 16 points and seven rebounds while two-time defending Local MVP Ray Parks chipped in 13 markers.
What gave Alab an edge was the performance of Nico Javelona off the bench as the defensive-minded guard showed what he can do on the other side with 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field.
The Slingers, on the other end, are coming off a tough loss to Hong Kong Eastern at home in double overtime. Singapore had two chances to win the game in regulation and in the first overtime but they could not make their free throws.
Down by a point with one second remaining in the fourth quarter, Delvin Goh was foul, missing the first and making the second. The found themselves in the exact same situation with six seconds remaining in the first overtime period Lim Jun Yan also splitting his charities.
The problem for Singapore was that they were running low on players as imports John Fields and Jerran Young fouled out of the game. Goh, Lim, and Larry Liew were also disqualified after committing five personal fouls, which allowed the visiting team to come away with the victory.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Slingers as they had to travel to the Philippines after the tough loss at home but they’ll surely be eager to score a bounce-back victory.
Will Singapore deal the defending champions their first loss of the season or will San Miguel Alab Pilipinas be the Grinch to Singapore’s holiday celebrations? The last game of 2018 tips off at 8 pm at the Caloocan Sports Complex.