FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
No Johnson, no problem.
Tanduay Alab Pilipinas entered Saturday afternoon’s matchup against the Formosa Dreamers shorthanded as starting center Ivan Johnson was missing due to back spasms. With Reggie Okosa as essentially the visitors’ only true big, Alab still out-rebounded the Dreamers by a staggering margin 62-37. Additionally, Pilipinas opened the flood gates down low, outscoring the opposition 52-16 in the paint.
Balanced scoring across the board.
Neither team had any player score more than 20 points, with game-highs of 19 shared between the Dreamers’ Lenny Daniel and Pilipinas’ Reggie Okosa. Seven out of 11 players that entered the game for the home squad managed to score, while every player that entered the game for the visiting side tallied points (11 players).
Alab finally gets production from their small forwards.
In their first three games of the season, Robby Celiz, Dondon Hontiveros, and Lawrence Domingo combined for 20 points in 117 total minutes. Against the Dreamers, the three nearly matched their scoring production in just 58 minutes of floor time with 17 points.
The Dreamer’s ugly shooting performance.
Despite doubling up Alab in attempts at the charity stripe (30-15) and just one freebie shy of also doubling them up in makes (19-10), the Dreamers only shot 28 percent from the field, going 18-of-63, while Pilipinas shot 40 percent, finishing 32-of-79. The very small consolation for Formosa was that they shot slightly better from deep, shooting 26 percent to Alab’s 19 percent.
The taste of victory.
After starting out the season with three straight losses, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas finally put one in the wins column against the Formosa Dreamers. To be fair, the Philippine’s entry into the ABL did have to play against the defending champions twice in their first three games, two tightly fought contests that came down to the wire. Though they did notch a victory in Taiwan, the team didn’t look as good as they did in their losses against Eastern.