Alab scored second straight victory

Tanduay Alab Pilipinas opened the year with a 90-79 victory over Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) tournament at the Filoil V Arena in San Juan City, Philippines last January 3.

Tanduay Alab Pilipinas had a rousing victory to open 2018. (Photo courtesy:

Imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman has rousing debuts leading a big fourth quarter run at home that send spectators in a frenzy.

Brownlee scored 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two blocks displaying the all-around game that propelled his popularity among local fans.

Balkman was solid posting 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in his return in Philippine soil since 2013.

Both imports have to battle jetlag and fatigue as they just arrived morning of game day.

The gritty Dragons were down by more than 10 points during the first half but were able to come back and even take the lead in using a furious rally during moments in the third canto.

But a 21-3 run broke the Dragons’ back enroute to Alab’s second straight win.

Alab improved to 2-3 win-loss record while the Dragons fell to 1-3.

Josh Urbiztondo added 13 points and nine assists and Robby Celiz contributed 10 markers.

Prodigal son Joshua Munzon led the Dragons with 21 points and nine boards while AJ West registered a double-double in his ABL debut with 16 points and 22 rebounds.



Tanduay Alab Pilipinas (90) – Brownlee 29, Balkman 17, Urbiztondo 13, Celiz 10, Parks 8, Domingo 6, Maierhoffer 4, Hontiveros 3, Javellona 0, Sumalinog 0, Alabanza 0, Raymundo 0.

Westports Malaysia Dragons (79) – Munzon 21, Marshall 17, West 16, Yeo 8, Kuek 4, Cabahug 0, Ng 0, Teo 0.

Quarterscores: 23-13, 39-32, 68-63, 90-79.



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Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris’ follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80’s and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Global Basketball is Aris’ second writing assignment besides Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.

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