San Miguel Alab Pilipinas remains unscathed after making quick work of the visiting Wolf Warriors, 105-95.
The defending champions flexed their muscle against the Zhuhai-based squad, successfully extending their winning run to seven dating back to game five of the Finals last season they won the trophy against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
After a relatively close first quarter, Josh Urbiztondo and Ethan Alvano sparked a huge second quarter run that broke the game wide open for the home team. The two point guards combined for 24 markers in the first half for Alab Pilipinas.
The home squad led by as much as 19 at one point, before the Wolf Warriors’ new import Mike Taylor nailed a three to trim the deficit down to 16 at the half.
Alab Pilipinas continued their mastery of the Wolf Warriors in the second half before eventually settling for the 10-point victory.
Rookie Ethan Alvano had his best performance so far this season for Alab Pilipinas with a career-high 21 points while adding seven assists. Josh Urbiztondo was also named co-player of the game after turning back the clock to drop 19 markers off six three-pointers. Import Renaldo Balkman added 21 points of his own to go with seven boards and five dimes.
Meanwhile, the Wolf Warriors had a balanced attack behind local MVP candidate Cai Chen and import Mike Bell who scored 20 points each. Debuting import Mike Taylor also added 19 points for the Wolf Warriors. All five of their starters scored 14 or more in the loss (Cris Shentu with 15 and Eddy Curry with 14).
Alab Pilipinas stays undefeated at the top with a 5-0 card, while the Wolf Warriors (1-9) continue to remain at the bottom after another heartbreaking defeat.
The league’s top team go on the road to face the Westports Malaysia Dragons on January 9th, while the Wolf Warriors will try to pull one off against the surging Singapore Slingers at home on the 11th.
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