Balkman offers reassurance after Alab lost homecourt edge: 'Trust me, it ain't over yet'
Alab import Renaldo Balkman remains bullish heading to two games in Bangkok. Jerome Ascano

RENALDO Balkman is hardly concerned about San Miguel Alab Pilipinas losing homecourt advantage in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Finals after a 103-100 loss to Mono Vampire in Game Two on Wednesday night.

“Listen man, it’s not over. I mean, this is what basketball is about. You come here, it’s playoff games. Can’t win them everyone. We tried, we lost, it’s 1-1. We got to go to their gym and win a game, too,” the enigmatic Alab import said.

Balkman had a respectable outing in the home defeat, finishing with 37 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks while going head-to-head most of the time with 7-foot-5 Mono Vampire import Samuel Deguara.

Balkman said Alab should stay positive as the best-of-five series shifts to Bangkok for two games beginning with Game Three on Saturday at the Stadium 29 in Bangkok.

“We can’t hold our heads down. We have to keep being positive, keep focus on our goal. In our eyes, it’s 0-0 right now," said the Puerto Rican national player.

“We gotta go to their gym and steal one or two over there. And like I said, it’s not over. I mean, you got to look at it all day long and say, ‘Oh you all lost at home, and this, this, and this.’  Trust me, it’s not over yet.”

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