San Miguel Alab Pilipinas extends their winning streak to five after dominating the Wolf Warriors on the road, 100-81.
After hanging with the defending champions for two and a half quarters, the Wolf Warriors seemingly ran out of gas and buckets as they fell in another heartbreaking loss, their 14th defeat in 15 outings.
Local Most Valuable Player contender Cai Chen hit a three to beat the halftime buzzer, to cutting the deficit down to 11 for the Wolf Warriors, while collecting 17 markers for himself going into intermission.
An altercation broke out after the home team made a 9-2 run to cut the lead further down to four at the 6:51 mark of the third quarter, when Alab Pilipinas point guard Ethan Alvano and the Wolf Warriors’ Mike Taylor ran into each other after the timeout was called.
With Cai and Taylor on the bench, the defending champions took advantage of the lack of scoring from the Chinese side to build another double-digit lead towards the end of the third frame. They continued to build a comfortable lead throughout the final period, closing out the game with a 19-point win.
Alab Pilipinas continued to play without reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr., who is still recovering from a groin injury. Joining him on the sidelines was forward Caelan Tiongson who is suffering from a sore back that he sustained during the previous game at home.
Renaldo Balkman was selected as the player of the game with 34 points, 13 boards, and four assists, all while shooting 68 percent from the floor. PJ Ramos had another dominant night with 25 points, 22 rebounds, and seven assists. Lawrence Domingo added 12 points in the win.
Cai Chen continued to be the best offensive player for his team as he scored 28 points, shooting 8-for-17 from the field. Mike Taylor tallied 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists, but was held scoreless in the second half.
The Wolf Warriors will try to snap their five-game losing streak when play back-to-back games at home as they face the new-look Mono Vampire Basketball Club tomorrow, while San Miguel Alab Pilipinas returns home to host the Saigon Heat on February 3.
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