SINGAPORE - The Singapore Slingers spoiled the debut of Kiefer Ravena in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), beating Alab Pilipinas, 77-67, on Sunday in Game One of their semifinal series at the OCBC Arena.
Ravena led the way for Alab with 16 points in his much-awaited first game in an Alab Pilipinas uniform, but his effort was not enough to help the Philippine side steal homecourt advantage from the Slingers.
Xavier Alexander and Justin Howard got support from locals Wong Wei Long and Delvin Goh as the Slingers moved a win away from returning to the finals.
Bobby Ray Parks scored four points for Alab but didn't return to the game after suffering an injury in the third quarter.
Alab looks to extend the best-of-three series on Friday at the Baliwag Star Arena in Baliwag, Bulacan. A Game Three, if necessary, will be played here on Sunday.
Alexander finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and three steals for the Slingers while Howard added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Delvin Goh had 12 points and five rebounds in a solid effort, while Wong added 11 points including two triples.
Former PBA cager Josh Urbiztondo, who is playing for the Slingers as their Asean import, also contributed eight points in the win.
The Slingers opened the second quarter with an 8-2 run to take a 27-18 lead before Urbiztondo's three-pointer made it 37-28 for the home team.
Singapore’s lead reached a high of 15 points.
Singapore (77) — Alexander 24, Howard 17, Goh 12, Wong 11, Urbiztondo 8, Oh 3, Kwek 2, Folkoff 0, Ng 0.
Alab Pilipinas (67) — Ravena 16, Hughes 13, Carter 9, Acuna 9, Domingo 4, Parks Jr. 4, Hubalde 4, Cawaling 4, Celiz 2, Knuttel 2, Fortuna 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarterscores: 19-16, 42-31, 61-49, 77-67