Kiefer Ravena had a productive ABL debut, but it wasn’t enough to stop the veteran Singapore Slingers, as Alab Pilipinas lost game one of their best-of-three semifinals series, 79-68, Sunday at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
Ravena came off the bench and produced a team-high 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. However, only world import James Hughes finished in double-digits points-wise for Alab as well, the big man producing a double-double of 13 markers and 11 boards.
Bobby Ray Parks was limited to 15 minutes of action, four points on four shots, plus four assists, as he was hobbled by injuries. Sampson Carter and Lawrence Domingo combined for 13 points on a 4-of-15 clip.
The visiting side had a slim 10-7 advantage early in the first, only for Singapore to double up, 12-6, to end the initial quarter up 19-16. The Slingers, last season’s runners-up, led by as much as 15 points, and were in control for the remainder of the match.
Singapore was led by their world imports Xavier Alexander (26 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block) and Justin Howard (15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one block). Delvin Goh added 12 markers, while Wei Long Wong came off the bench and scattered 11.
Filipino Josh Urbiztondo had eight points and four dimes, versus no turnovers, as the starting point guard for Singapore.
The Slingers shot 41 percent from the field, including 6-of-19 from downtown. In contrast, Alab made just 35 percent of their attempts, 3-of-15 on triples. Helping Singapore out was a 9-15 difference in turnovers, which led to a 16-8 advantage in points off turnovers.
Game two is set for April 7, 8pm, at the Baliwag Star Arena.
Photo c/o Alab Pilipinas’ IG