Alab suffers another heartbreaking loss to HK Eastern

Ivan Johnson scored 32 points for Alab Pilipinas against HK Eastern (Photo by Jamil Buergo)


WAN CHAI, Hong Kong – Like in their first meeting, Alab’s Josh Urbiztondo had a chance to tie the ballgame with a three point shot and send the game to overtime.

Both attempts failed.

Tanduay Alab Pilipinas has now suffered its third straight defeat in the Eighth Season of the ASEAN Basketball League as it bowed again to HK Eastern, 99-96, at the Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong.

Alab is now at the bottom of the 9-team league with a 0-3 record.

For a while, Alab showed a remarkable improvement especially in the first half as they led by as much as 11, 44-33, in the second quarter. But HK Eastern managed to keep it close as it was able to trim the Alab’s lead to 46-43 to close the first half.

Christian Standhardinger, who provided the clutch baskets that enabled Hong Kong to pull-off a win against Alab Pilipinas back in November 19, scored three three-point baskets in the fourth quarter that again was instrumental in sealing the win against his fellow Filipinos. The two-time ABL player of the week awardee had another monstrous game with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.

HK Eastern’s other heritage import Tyler Lamb also had a breakout game finishing with a career-high 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting. World import Marcus Elliott had his usual all-around performance with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists for HK Eastern, who now sports a 5-0 record.

The loss also spoiled the best performance so far of Alab Pilipinas’ Ivan Johnson who he finished the game with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Fellow world import Reggie Okosa tallied 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Ray Parks Jr had 11 points and 10 assists.

Alab Pilipinas can try to end their losing streak in their next game as they face Formosa Dreamers on December 16.


The scores:

HK Eastern (99) — Lamb 32, Standhardinger 25, Elliott 20, K. Lee 12, Moss 6, C. Tang 2, A. Xu 2, T. Lau 0.

Alab Pilipinas (96) — Johnson 32, Okosa 25, Urbiztondo 14, Parks 11, Celiz 6, Sumalinog 3, Hontiveros 3, Domingo 2, Javelona 0.

Quarterscores: 20-23, 43-46, 64-66, 99-96.