In a historic night for World Import Marcus Elliott, the Long Lions defeated the Heat in overtime, 110-97 inside the Southorn Stadium. The Long Lions snapped their two game losing streak, finishing their season on a winning note against the fourth seeded Heat.
Elliott broke the record for All-Time record for Points Scored in a Single Season, as he finished the season totaling 467 points. He also recorded a triple double, with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists in the win.
This matchup between the top seeded Long Lions and fourth seeded Heat would provide a glimpse of their Playoff matchup. It would also be the first meeting between each team’s big men, particularly Saigon’s Jordan Henriquez and Hong Kong’s Josh Boone, who returned from a two game absence.
It has been a proven formula for Alab Pilipinas that when more people contribute to their cause rather than just their imports and key players, they succeed.
In their final match-up against the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions last Sunday, Alab did just that, digging deep to pull off an 82-75 win.
It was the Philippine side’s only victory against the Long Lions in the regular season, but importantly, they assured themselves of the third seed in the 2016-17 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) playoffs after improving to 10-9 in the standings.
In the three losses Alab suffered against the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, the Philippine side was always left searching for answers after the game.
In their fourth and final 2016-17 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) regular season meeting against the top-seeded team, Alab finally found an answer to their woes in the form of their defense and collective effort as they finally conquered the Long Lions, 82-75, Sunday, March 19 at the USEP Gym in Davao City.
James Hughes imposed his might underneath the rim with Hong Kong center Josh Boone still not around, notching a double-double of 17 points (8-of-13 shooting), 14 rebounds, and adding 3 blocks. He helped steer Alab to a 48-26 advantage in inside points.
The cast for the Playoffs is now complete, and a new champion will be crowned this season in the ASEAN Basketball League.
Playing against a Singapore Slingers team without World Import Xavier Alexander, the Saigon Heat broke upon a close game in the fourth quarter to win, 88-71 inside the OCBC Arena.
The Heat’s victory also eliminated the defending champions Westports Malaysia Dragons from Playoff contention, despite the Dragon’s victory over the Kaohsiung Truth on Saturday.
Records fell Wednesday, March 15 at the Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai as the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions and Saigon Heat engaged in an explosive, highly-competitive, and heart-stopping battle. But in the end, only one thing mattered for the Heat: getting the win.
Again rising from adversity amidst coming off a flat performance in their last game, the resilient group stunned the league-leading Long Lions with a gutsy 96-92 win on the road, notching an all-important seventh victory in the 2016-17 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
The Heat broke what had been a seemingly unstoppable 10-game winning streak from Hong Kong and improved to 7-10 overall in the team standings, moving a full two wins on top of the fifth-place Kaohsiung Truth while inching closer to the only remaining post-season berth in the league.
STA. ROSA, Laguna – Another day, another place, but it was the same result for Alab Pilipinas against league-leading Hong Kong.
Lo Domingo and James Hughes both had double-doubles, but their two-man show was easily overcome by the balanced Eastern Long Lions in a 83-61 rout on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.
Hong Kong is now a dominant 3-0 against the Filipinos in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League. This latest win moving them closer to the top-seed as well as homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Singapore Slingers earned the coveted home court advantage in the ASEAN Basketball League playoffs as they defeated the Kaohsiung Truth on Sunday, 76-52, at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
The two teams with the best records after the elimination round will have the right to claim home court in the postseason. With a 12-6 record, the Slingers now join the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions at the top of the standings.
“Our goal was actually to secure the number one slot,” said Slingers head coach Neo Beng Siang. “We secured the number two spot which is good for us at the moment to get us home court advantage. Chances are high that we’ll play the Philippines.”