In a clash between leading ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) teams, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas completed a late rally to dispatch the Formosa Dreamers, 86-72.
Leading by four a little over halfway through the fourth quarter, the defending champions unleashed a scorching 21-3 run to decide the outcome of an otherwise tight ball game between the top two teams in the league.
After playing well for most of the game, the Formosa Dreamers seemingly ran out of gas and lost composure towards the end while Alab Pilipinas was going downhill.
Coming off the bench, former Chinese Taipei National Team veteran Tien Lei immediately made a three to open the second quarter to help the Dreamers build an early nine-point lead.
However, Alab Pilipinas soon took their first lead of the game at 24-23 after a transition dunk by Brandon Rosser, following back-to-back three-pointers from guard Pao Javelona.
The home squad were beginning to gain more traction in the third quarter but had also committed several mental errors that gave the Dreamers seven freebies and allowed them to stay on their tails. Guard Josh Urbiztondo nailed a three towards the end of the third quarter to give the home team a slim 63-60 advantage.
Both teams continued to go nip-and-tuck up until the midway point of the final quarter, where Alab Pilipinas went on a landslide run to put the game away for good.
Renaldo Balkman led the home team with 19 points and 20 rebounds, while fellow import PJ Ramos chipped in with 16 markers. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. added 13 points and four rebounds, while Paolo Javelona came off the bench to add 11 points.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Miller led the Dreamers with 23 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Will Artino and Tevin Glass added 14 markers each. Kenny Chien played the best game among the Formosa locals with 11 points and three boards.
Alab Pilipinas continue their two-game homestand as they take on the Singapore Slingers at the Caloocan Sports Complex on December 23, while the Dreamers resumes action after a lengthy holiday break when they host the CLS Knights on January 5th.
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