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Ramos, Balkman power Alab Pilipinas over Singapore Slingers

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Miles Morales

The duo of Puerto Rican imports Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos were simply unstoppable for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, leading the Philippine squad to an 80-70 win over the Singapore Slingers on Sunday afternoon at OCBC Arena in Singapore.

Ramos led the defending champions’ third quarter assault, scoring 9 of his 22 points in a 15-4 run that turned a close 52-51 to a decisive 67-55 lead.

The behemoth Ramos also hauled down 17 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Balkman, meanwhile, also had a masterclass showing with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The win kept Alab on top of the standings with a 17-4 win-loss record.

Lawrence Domingo chipped in 12 points, stepping up for the foul-plagued Bobby Ray Parks, who settled for 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 dimes in the win.

John Fields paced the Singaporean squad with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Xavier Alexander tallied a double-double with his 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Singapore dropped to 13-8, though remains at third place after earlier clinching a playoff berth.