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Alab Pilipinas continue descend, falls to Saigon Heat

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By Miles Morales

Though they are already assured of the second spot, Alab Pilipinas will enter the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League (ABL) playoffs on a four-game losing skid.

This was after the Filipinos suffered another setback, this time at the hands of home team Saigon, 80-81, on Sunday inside the CIS Arena in Vietnam.

Renaldo Balkman played his first game since getting concussed and posted 25 points, and 8 rebounds. Ray Parks Jr., meanwhile, continued his strong showings as of late with 16 markers.

Parks had his layup blocked by Kyle Barone late in the game that could have given the defending champions the lead.

Not long after, Trevon Hughes split from the stripe to lift Vietnam to a win to end the elimination round.

On the other hand, Alab is yet to win again after almost a month.

They will need to get back into their groove as they enter a three-game quarterfinals series opposite Hong Kong beginning on Friday.