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    Alab Pilipinas season comes to sad end after Game 2 loss to Singapore Slingers

    Apr 7, 2017
    Slingers guard Josh Urbiztondo proves a thorn in the side of Alab Pilipinas. ABL photo

    BALIWAG, Bulacan - Alab Pilipinas' season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) came to a disappointing end on Friday night following an 82-64 loss to the Singapore Slingers in Game Two of their semifinal series.

    Fil-Am guard Josh Urbiztondo proved a thorn in the side of Alab as Singapore's heritage import made key baskets all game to help the Slingers complete a 2-0 sweep of the best-of-three series and ruin Kiefer Ravena's first game on home soil in a long while.

    The former PBA guard had 20 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals before a huge crowd at the Baliwag Star Arena, hitting four three-pointers to send the Alab tumbling out of title contention in a league previously ruled by the Philippine Patriots and San Miguel Beer.

    Urbiztondo nailed the trey and another clutch basket in a momentum-breaking third-quarter run for the Slingers after Alab came to within seven points.


    Urbiztondo also scored back-to-back baskets in the fourth that put the game away for the visitors, 74-55.

    Xavier Alexander had 21 points and 12 rebounds while Justin Howard also had a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Slingers, who will face either the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions or the Saigon Heat in the best-of-five finals.

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    Lawrence Domingo had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Kiefer Ravena contributed 16 for an Alab Pilipinas that played without injured top scorer Ray Parks, Jr.

    Alab fell behind, 21-12, after the Slingers went on a 10-0 run in the first period. Singapore's lead swelled to 20 following a 9-0 binge for a 43-23 lead.

    The Philippine side, however, didn't go down without a fight as it came out firing in the third quarter and sliced the gap to seven points, 52-45, before Ravena's heroics.

    The scores:
    Singapore (82) - Alexander 21, Urbiztondo 20, Howard 18, Kwek 10, Wong 8, Oh 3, Folkoff 2, Goh 0.


    Alab Pilipinas (64) - Domingo 18, Ravena 16, Hughes 10, Carter 7, Celiz 6, Knuttel 4, Hubalde 3, Cawaling 0, Acuna 0, Mendoza 0.

    Quarters: 24-14, 47-29, 60-51, 82-64.

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    Slingers guard Josh Urbiztondo proves a thorn in the side of Alab Pilipinas. ABL photo
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