FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
Alab turned to its defense in overtime.
In a game that featured back-and-forth lead changes and momentum shifts, Alab Pilipinas turned to its defense in the crucial part of the game as they limited the Singapore Slingers to a solitary field goal in the overtime period. Alab also scored the first 9 points during that stretch with Justin Brownlee scoring the first two baskets. The lone basket from the Slingers in overtime period came from AJ Mandani’s layup in the dying seconds with the outcome already decided.
Balkmania’s second-half takeover.
Basketball fans who are familiar with Renaldo Balkman’s game know that he can better than the 17-point output that he put-out in his debut last Wednesday. Against the Slingers, his offensive arsenal was in full display. After just scoring seven points in the first half, the NBA veteran helped Alab erase an early 10-point third quarter deficit by scoring 12 points in the quarter alone. He would fill the stat sheet with an all-around game of 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, four steals, and two shot blocks in leading Alab to a gutsy overtime win.
The return of Chris Charles.
The veteran ABL campaigner struggled in the first minute of the game and even committed two quick fouls forcing him to be sent to the bench for the remainder of the quarter. He would play the rest of the way and even led a strong start in the third quarter that helped the Slingers build a 10-point lead early in the third quarter. Charles finished with 22 points, leading the Slingers in scoring with the majority of his production coming in the second half. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out three assists, and swatted four shot shots in a promising debut. Despite the loss, the Slingers should feel optimistic going forward for the rest of the season with Chris Charles on board.
Off-day for the X-man.
Credit Alab Pilipinas’ defense, Xavier Alexander had a rough night throughout the game and was limited to a season-low of 10 points and a woeful 2-of-19 shooting from the field while playing all 45 minutes of the contest. He also missed all five of his shots from rainbow territory. The X-man though contributed in other departments as he had nine boards, nine assists, and two steals.
Brownlee’s all-around efforts.
Justin Brownlee scored just 17 points in the game, way below his output from the previous game. But it was his defense that stood out as he was tasked to defend the high scoring Xavier Alexander for the majority of the game, limiting the Alexander to just 10 points. Brownlee also took over in the overtime period as he made the first two baskets and added an assist to Renaldo Balkman on the next play as Alab scored the first nine points in the extension period. He also contributed seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and two blocks in an all-around effort throughout the game.