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    Alab Pilipinas beats Malaysia Dragons on the road as JR Cawaling leads bench mob

    Jan 15, 2017
    Ray Parks, Jr. had nine points and 10 boards in Alab's third win in a row. ABL photo

    ALAB Pilipinas leaned on a balanced attack to beat reigning champion Westports Malaysia Dragons, 65-54, on Sunday in the Asean Basketball League at the House of Champions, Gem-in Mall in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

    JR Cawaling pulled off his first breakthrough game of the season as he led Alab in scoring with 11 points, none bigger than a three-pointer late in the game to seal the Philippine side's third straight victory.

    Bobby Ray Parks Jr. had a near double-double of nine points and 10 rebounds for Alab, which raised its record to 5-2 and gained a share of second place in the team standings.

    Hong Kong Eastern lost to Singapore, 82-72, later in the day at the OCBC Arena as Long Lions dropped to a tie for second place with the Philippine side.

    The Slingers, who lost to Alab last Friday, regained the top spot in the standings with an 8-2 win-loss record.

    The Philippine-based squad pulled away for good by closing the third quarter with a critical 7-1 run, the last five points coming from Paolo Hubalde.

    As a result, Alab entered the final canto with a 51-41 advantage and never allowed the Dragons to come close enough to threaten.

    The Dragons fell to 1-5.

    On Saturday, Alab Pilipinas plays another road game when it takes on Hong Kong for the first time this season.

    The scores:

    Alab Pilipinas (65) — Cawaling 11, Parks 9, Carter 9, Acuna 6, Hughes 6, Thiele 6, Hubalde 5, Domingo 5, Fortuna 4, Celiz 4, Knuttel 0.

    Malaysia Dragons (54) — Melvin 15, Spencer 11, Yeo 9, Loh 7, Goldstein 6, Ting 4, Teo 2, Ma 0.

    Quarterscores: 16-18, 32-28, 51-41, 65-54.

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    Ray Parks, Jr. had nine points and 10 boards in Alab's third win in a row. ABL photo
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