ABL: Alab tops tough Kung Fu club in wild overtime finish

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 31 2018 10:22 PM | Updated as of Feb 01 2018 05:08 PM

Ray Parks Jr. scored 31 points, and Alab Pilipinas needed overtime to survive a tough Chong Son Kung Fu club for a 92-91 win in the ASEAN Basketball League at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna on Wednesday.

After coming up short in regulation despite a torrid late run, Alab got the job done in the extra session but its players needed nerves of steel and a lucky bounce here and there to pull out its seventh win in 11 games.

Renaldo Balkman scored 20 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Justin Brownlee finished with 20 and 11 but was only 7 of 27 from the field.

It was Balkman’s steal and Brownlee’s free throws with less than a minute left in overtime that secured the victory.

After a split at the line by center Justin Howard gave Kung Fu a 91-90 lead, Brownlee made both of his off a foul by Sidikejiang Kamiran to give Alab back the driver’s seat.

Balkman preserved the score when he intercepted Kamiran’s pass, leading to a breakaway layup by Brownlee as time expired.

The game wouldn’t have gone to overtime, though, if it weren’t for Josh Urbiztondo.

Behind the veteran point guard’s hot shooting, Alab, which stayed within striking distance of Kung Fu but couldn’t overtake them, finally broke through in the fourth quarter. 

Urbiztondo’s 3 straight 3-pointers, after missing his first 5 shots, put Alab up 82-80, the hosts’ first taste of the lead since the first quarter.

But a foul by Urbiztondo that led to a pair of free throws for Kung Fu, and a bad pass by him that resulted in a turnover and a basket for the visitors forced extension.

In the closely contested overtime, the two teams exchanged leads 5 times, the last one courtesy of Brownlee’s game-winning free throws.

Howard (18 rebounds) and Michael McKinney each scored 25 points for Kung Fu, which dropped to 6-2 in the standings but remained in second place behind Hong Kong Eastern, and just above Thailand’s Mono Vampire (9-4) and fourth place Alab.

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