Thursday's San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas victory not only saw the national side stretch its winning streak to six at the 2017-18 Asean Basketball League season, but also nab the third seed from opponent Thailand's Mono Vampire with a 9-4 win-loss record.
The Thai team is one of the PH ball club's favorite foes in the tournament, having been reinforced by a couple of Filipino-blooded players in Paul Zamar and the half-American Jason Brickman.
Renaldo Balkman sealed the triumph with a clutch dagger and finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, and three blocks, while getting more than enough support from fellow import Justin Brownlee (16 pts 12 reb 8 ast 4 stl 5 blk). Maltese-Italian totem pole and Mono reinforcement Sam Deguara's (7'5") 21 markers and 15 boards went for naught.
The duel didn't end above the rim, though, as both teams brought a lot of heat on the court through their in-game sneaker fashion:
Renaldo Balkman - Nike Kobe 10 Elite 'Rose Gold'
Justin Brownlee - Air Jordan 32 'Black Cement'
Ray Parks - Nike Zoom Kobe III
Dondon Hontiveros - Nike Kobe 11 EM Low 'Fundamental'
John Alabanza - Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Low 'Triple Black'
Josh Urbiztondo - Nike Kyrie 2 'Hot Lava'
Lawrence Domingo - Nike LeBron Soldier 11 'Black/Sail'
Oping Sumalinog - Nike Kyrie 3 'University Red'
Pamboy Raymundo - Nike Kobe A.D.
Paolo Javelona - Nike Kyrie 3 'Ivory'
Rico Maierhofer - Nike KD 10 'Triple Black'
Sam Deguara Deguara - Nike Air Max Audacity
Jason Brickman - Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 'Kay Yow'
Paul Zamar - Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 'Manila'
Michael Singletary - Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 High
Chanachon Klahan - Under Armour Spine Bionic
Chitchai Ananti - adidas Crazy Explosive 17
Teerawat Chanthachon - adidas Crazy Explosive 17