first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alab Pilipinas. Photo from ASEAN Basketball League FacebookRenaldo Balkman got unleashed on the big stage as he powered Alab Pilipinas past Hong Kong Eastern, 98-94, to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three ASEAN Basketball League semifinals Wednesday at Southorn Stadium.Balkman set an ABL playoff record of 46 points, one more than what Justin Howard had in 2017, while also tallying 14 boards, four assist, four steals, and two blocks to lead Alab over Hong Kong, a team they never beat in two occasions in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT Tyler Lamb led Hong Kong Eastern with 32 points while Marcus Elliott put up a 22-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist line.PBA-bound Christian Standhardinger finished with 18 points and 15 boards for Hong Kong Eastern.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Alab’s first encounters against Hong Kong, though, did not feature the import combo of Balkman and Justin Brownlee, and that partnership made the difference this time for the Filipinos as the the two imports showcased their stability down the stretch.The Filipinos held a 94-88 lead with 1:44 to go before Hong Kong knotted it up at 94-94 with back-to-back three-pointers with 56 seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut Balkman gave Alab the edge for good, 96-94, fter sinking two free throws with 37 seconds left before Brownlee iced the game with two more free throws with 10 seconds to go.Brownlee flirted with a triple-double finishing with 16 points, on 5-of-20 shooting, 12 rebounds, and nine assists for Alab while Bobby Ray Parks had 23 points and 10 boards. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ La Salle Lady Spikers stay true to form Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img