SAN Miguel Alab Pilipinas aims to bounce back from its first loss in their match-up against Hong Kong Eastern on Friday in the Asean Basketball League at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex.
The reigning champion faces Hong Kong in its 8 p.m. match-up looking to atone for its disappointing loss to the Westports Malaysia Dragons, 72-71, at the Maba Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
In that game, Jonathan Wong scored for the game’s marginal basket before Ethan Alvano committed a crucial turnover for Alab.
Friday’s game will be Alab’s third game in six days with the Philippine side still needing to travel to Lapu Lapu City in a home game against Zhuhai Wolf Warriors which they won, 105-95.
After the Hong Kong game at home, Alab will then travel to Taiwan as they will face the Formosa Dreamers in another road match on Sunday.
Alab looks to get more contributions from the locals after Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos carried the team after scoring a combined total of 47 points in the contest.
Hong Kong is currently in a share of third place with the Saigon Heat and the Formosa Dreamers with a 7-4 win-loss slate.
Eastern is currently on a roll, having won four straight games including an 88-81 win over Singapore last Thursday at home.
Another sidelight of the match is the battle at the center position between the 7-foot-3 Ramos and the 7-foot-5 Hong Kong import Samuel Deguara, who will be pitted for the first time this season.
Deguara, who led Mono Vampire to a finals match-up against Alab, is currently averaging 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks for Hong Kong this season.