After five years, the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) crown is back in the hands of Filipinos.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas capped its best-of-five championship series against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club with a resounding victory, 102-92, in front of a packed home crowd at the City of Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna on Wednesday. The local ball club last captured the title in 2013, with the help of Asi Taulava and June Mar Fajardo.
Alab was led by the import duo of Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee all throughout the season, and Game 5 of the Finals wasn't any different. Balkman, who was named co-Defensive Player of the Year, finished with 32 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while Brownlee fell shy of a triple-double again (24-12-9). ABL Finals MVP Ray Parks did just enough (13 pts 2 reb 4 ast) to hold off a gutsy Thai squad.
Monster games from opposing reinforcements Mike Singletary (32 pts 8 reb 4 ast) and Sam Deguara (24 pts 18 reb) went for naught, as Paul Zamar was the only other Mono Vampire player to score in double figures with 19. Jason Brickman had nine points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
FHM tries to encapsulate Alab's celebratory mood through this edition of Caption This:
It's 2 a.m. and she accepts your friend request
Where the liempo is at during a boodle fight
You accidentally liking her photo from 2014
If someone feels a bulge rubbing up on their leg, things will get awkward
What it's like to meet LeBron James in person
When the tagay finally reaches you after two freaking hours
Third championship's a charm
Whenever she talks to you about her boyfriend
Adding her on Facebook without mutual friends
Trying to tap that door header in elementary
...and missing it entirely
How you feel about four-day long weekends
Forcing your way out of being cockblocked
After learning that there is still a seventh stone
Mandatory pose for long-haired swimmers
When you realize the PBA is a stone throw's away
Seeing a netizen's post about 'Alab > Gilas'
Ambush selfie turns into awkward fist bump
Photography Jerome Ascano