The opening match of the ongoing Asean Basketball League semifinals between San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and Hong Kong Eastern Basketball held at the Southorn Stadium turned out to be a thrilling battle.
Despite the defending champions having home-court advantage, the nationals still prevailed over Hong Kong, 98-94, but not before the latter pushed them to the brink. On Sunday, Alab has a chance to advance in the Finals against the winner of the other best-of-three series, when the tables are turned at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.
So what made this semis matchup more epic than Mono Vampire upsetting top seed Chong Son? Check out these crazy stat lines courtesy of the top performers from the opposing teams and the stories behind them:
23 points 10 rebounds 2 steals
Huge games like this one always leave us wondering, "What if Parks took his talents to the PBA?" We guess he'll go down in history as the biggest question mark in local basketball.
18 points 15 rebounds
Somewhere, coach Leo Austria is gushing at the thought of a Standhardinger-June Mar Fajardo frontcourt. After this monstrous double-double, who wouldn't?
16 points 12 rebounds 9 assists 2 steals
With his versatility and selflessness, the two-time champ continues to show fans why he is touted as one of the greatest imports to ever set foot on Philippine soil. In this game, Brownlee sealed the deal for Alab by converting two free throws with 10 seconds left.
23 points 10 rebounds 10 assists
Elliott's Russell Westbrook impression might be considered somehwat of a fail after his three-pronged attack with Standhardinger and Tyler Lamb (32 points) fell short.
46 points 14 rebounds 4 assists 4 steals 2 blocks
The former NBA player capped his historic night with a perfect trip at the charity stripe to break a deadlock in the waning moments. Balkman even scored 17 straight at one stretch and bolstered his case for PBA redemption, following the recent lifting of his ban.