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    Ray Parks' solid debut goes for naught as Alab Pilipinas loses to Slingers in ABL debut

    Nov 27, 2016
    Alab Pilipinas couldn't get over the hump in the endgame. Reuben Terrado

    BINAN - The Singapore Slingers overcame the splendid play of Ray Parks to pull off a 71-66 road win over Alab Pilipinas on Sunday night in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

    The Slingers held their ground down the stretch and picked up their second win in as many games to the disappointment of the loud home crowd at the Alonte Sports Arena.

    Parks finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks in his ABL debut, but his effort was not enough to take the team to a win against an import-led Singaporean side.

    Alab, however, couldn't hold on to an eight-point lead as the Slingers went on a 16-0 burst to grab a 55-47 lead in the third quarter.

    Another 6-0 run midway through the fourth kept the Slingers in the driver's sear, 63-59.

    Justin Howard had 22 points and 20 rebounds while Wong Wei Long added 17 for the Slingers, who beat last years champion Westports Malaysia Dragons in their season opener last Friday.

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    Xavier Alexander added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Singaporean side and provided the highlight of the night when he dunked on Parks in the second period.

    Alab import Lee Seung Jun had 13 points and 10 rebounds but struggled to put the ball in the hoop in the endgame, missing two shots that could've given the Filipinos the lead.

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    The scores:

    Singapore (71) - Howard 22, Wei Long 17, Alexander 15, Kwek 11, Han Bin 4, Folkoff 2, Austria 0, Oh 0.

    Alab Pilipinas (66) - Parks 19, Lee 13, Fortuna 10, Acuna 7, Thiele 6, Cawaling 5, Celiz 2, Domingo 2, Hubalde 2, Mendoza 0, Knuttel 0.

    Quarterscores: 16-14, 30-39, 55-55, 71-66.

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