The Wolf Warriors travel for the second time to the Philippines as they’ll try to get one win in their season series against defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
In their first three matches, Alab has been more and more dominant against the ABL newcomers. They defeated the Warriors by 10 points in their first game, by 19 in their second, and by 26 in their third.
The two teams will play the back-end of their home-and-home series as at the Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.
In their last game, PJ Ramos made up for his one-game absence as the big man in the middle picked up a triple-double for Alab, finishing with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. He was not alone in the attack though as Alab had four other players scoring in double digits led by Renaldo Balkman with 19 and three other players chipping in at least eight points in the game.
Mike Bell and the debuting Cory Bradford led the Wolf Warriors with 22 and 27 points, respectively, but they got little help from the usually reliable Cai Chen and Shawntez Patterson who only chipped in a combined 15 points on 4 of 25 shooting.
The only room for improvement for Alab in the turnover department as they played a little too loose in their last meeting. Sensing that they had complete control of the game after a big second quarter, the Philippine team committed too many errors as they turned the ball over 23 times in the match.
With Alab now guaranteed of a playoff spot because of their last win coupled with Mono Vampire’s loss to the BTN CLS Knights, they will now have their sights on maintaining their hold of the top spot to get home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.