SINGAPORE — Alab Pilipinas fell to its second defeat to the Singapore Slingers, 71-68, on Sunday in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) after a courageous rally fell short in the end at the OCBC Arena here.
In its first road game in the regional league, Alab fell behind early and couldn't get over the hump in the final minutes as the Slingers made it 2-for-2 against the rookie Philippine side.
Alab, which also lost to the Slingers in its league debut in Binan, Laguna, fell to 2-2 (win-loss).
Lee Dong Jun had 16 points and seven rebounds while Bobby Ray Parks had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort for Alab.
Led by their two imports, the Slingers started strong and opened a 14-4 lead in the first period, and not even repeated rallies by Alab could rattle the home side.
Led by Parks, Robby Celiz, and Lawrence Domingo, Alab went on a 7-0 run capped by a layup by JR Cawaling to slice the gap to two points, 67-65. But that proved to be Alab’s last stand.
Parks missed a lay-up in traffic that led to a breakaway dunk by Singapore import Xavier Alexander that gave the Slingers a 70-65 lead with 22.6 seconds left in the game.
Alexander had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Justin Howard added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Slingers.
Singapore (71) — Alexander 25, Howard 18, Han Bin 8, Folkoff 7, Kwek 7, Wei Long 4, Goh 2, Austria 0, Desmond 0.
Alab Pilipinas (68) — Lee D.J. 16, Parks 15, Domingo 15, Cawaling 8, Lee S.J. 6, Celiz 4, Gavieres 2, Mendoza 2, Hubalde 0, Fortuna 0, Knuttel 0, Acuna 0.
Quarterscores: 23-16, 41-35, 56-48, 71-68.