The San Miguel Alab Pilipinas are heading to Kuala Lumpur to stake their unbeaten record against the Westports Malaysia Dragons.
After their win against the Wolf Warriors, the defending champions upped their record to 5-0 while the Dragons are at the bottom half, holding a 2-3 win-loss tally.
The Dragons had competed well against fellow former ABL champions Hong Kong Eastern in their last game as they were head at the half. However, they fizzled in the second half to lose by double digits at home. Now they take an even bigger challenge as Alab has looked solid in their title-retention bid.
One good thing that happened for the Dragons in their last game was the improved play of import Nnanna Egwu. After only averaging 9.5 points in their first four games, he exploded for 25 markers against Hong Kong Eastern to give his team another offensive weapon.
Their other imports in Chris Eversley and Winston Shepard did not shoot well from the field in the game. They combined for 34 points but only made 12 of 29 field goal attempts. None of their locals had a big performance in scoring as they were led by Loh Shee Fai with eight points in the contest.
For Alab, the opposite happened in their last game as two locals played outstanding offensive games. Alab’ starting point guard Ethan Alvano played the best game of his young ABL career as he finished with 21 points, seven assists, and four steals while shooting an efficient 8 of 13 from the field. Urbiztondo led the second-unit smackdown for the Philippine squad as he chipped in 19 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the three-point range.
Because of the performance of the Filipino locals, the imports did not need to put in big numbers. PJ Ramos barely took shots in the game but his presence was felt elsewhere.
Alab had a total of 16 three-point shots made against the Wolf Warriors so the Dragons must be wary of leaving the shooters open, while still making sure they provide enough help for Ramos down low.