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Alab title defense bid ends meets shocking end vs Hong Kong

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By Miles Morales

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ title-defense bid reached the dead-end as they fall to Hong Kong Eastern, 102-84, in the 2019 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) playoffs on Wednesday at Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai.

The defending champions were unable to sustain their hot start, losing an early 18-6 advantage as the hosts, behind O’Darien Bassett, stormed back and went on a 16-1 blast to grab the lead for good, 22-19.

Bassett dropped 28 points, 15 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals while Marcus Elliott led his side with 29 points, 8 boards, and 3 dimes as Lee Ki added 18 points on a perfect 3-of-3 clip from downtown.

PJ Ramos carried the load for Filipinos with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists. Two-time ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks got 19 points, 5 boards, and 2 assists in the losing effort.

Renaldo Balkman added 16 points, 11 rebounds, and six dimes.

Alab exited the season on a six-game losing skid.