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ABL: With its morale high, Alab favored to top lowly Indonesian club

by January 19, 2018 General
Ray Parks Jr. and Tanduay Alab Pilipinas seek win No.5 when they take on CLS Knights Indonesia on Saturday. Courtesy of the ABL Facebook account

Any time a win comes at the expense of a strong opponent, player confidence tends to soar.

Add the fact that Tanduay Alab Pilipinas is facing a struggling squad and its chances in the next assignment look even better.

Alab (4-4) tries to go above.-500 for the first time in the ASEAN Basketball League when it flies to Indonesia to take on CLS Knights in Surabaya on Saturday.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

The Filipino club got a much-needed morale boost when it downed top-3 team Mono Vampire Basketball Club of Thailand (7-4) in emphatic fashion 114-87 in Bangkok on Sunday.

Justin Brownlee led the way for Alab with 29 points, 24 in the second half, to go along with 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

Taking advantage of a Mono Vampire team playing its second game in 3 nights, Brownlee and Alab redeemed themselves in a way after a loss at home in San Juan to Singapore Slingers on January 11.

Reigning league MVP Ray Parks Jr. (19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) and Josh Urbiztondo (17 points, 5 3-pointers) provided ample local help for Brownlee for the easy victory in Thailand.

Given a more diminished quality of opposition coming up, Alab is in a good position to secure win No. 5 against Knights, whose 1-5 record is second from bottom in the 9-team standings.

A win by Alab will put the pressure on fourth-place Saigon (4-3) and give coach Jimmy Alapag and his crew a bit of breathing space against No. 6 Slingers (5-6).

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