With a complete lineup once again, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas returned on the winning track, delivering a 105-79 beatdown on the struggling Zhuhai Wolf Warriors at the Doumen Gymnasiun in Zhuhai, China.
Bolstered by a returning PJ Ramos who missed Alab’s previous game- a loss to Hong Kong Eastern, the visiting Philippine squad hardly skipped a beat, as they cruised to the victory after a strong second quarter surge The Wolf Warriors were actually ahead at the end of the first quarter, bolstered by the arrival of new World Import Cory Bradford who replaced Mike Taylor in the lineup. As a result, the Wolf Warriors finished the first quarter up 18-13.
However Alab embarked on a 21-3 run that flipped the team’s fortunes. A triple from Ray Parks at the 3:50 mark turned what was a seven point deficit into a five point lead. In total, Alab outscored Zhuhai 36-17 in the period, and entered the halftime break up 14, 49-35.
The lead ballooned even further in the third period, as Alab refused to let its foot off the gas. Ethan Alvano teamed up with Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos for a devastating third quarter surge that brought the team to a 24 point lead heading into the final frame, in a game that was long over before the final buzzer sounded.
Leading the way for the defending champions was Renaldo Balkman, who tallied 19 points along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ramos grabbed a triple double in his return, as he finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in an impressive effort from the 7’3 slotman.
Also impressive for Alab was its local brigade led by MVP Ray Parks who notched 15 points on 3/5 triples, as well as Brandon Rosser off the bench with a near double-double of 10 points and 8 rebounds.
The Wolf Warriors were paced by Mike Bell’s 22 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists, while Bradford looked solid in his debut for the Wolf Warriors with 17 points on 4/5 from beyond the arc. Cai Chen struggled against the defense of Alab, with only 7 points on 2/13 from the field.
Alab remains on top of the standings with a 14-3 card, while Zhuhai Wolf Warriors are still mired at the bottom with 2 wins and 16 losses.