Another game, another rout.
The Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions asserted their supremacy over Alab Pilipinas, beating them for a third straight time this season, this one coming via a final score of 83-61, Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Arena in Laguna.
Hong Kong doubled up on their fellow ABL newcomers, 24-12 after the first period, and never looked back. They led from start to finish, and by as much as 24 points.
The ABL league leaders improved to 15-2, clinching the top seed in the standings, while the Philippine side saw their record evened at 9-9.
The hot-shooting Hong Kong side opened with a pair of three-pointers, en route to a 10-2 start.
Late in the fourth period, Robbie Celiz and James Hughes had six unanswered to get within 13, 69-56, with 5:16 still to play, but Josh Boone and Tyler Lamb scattered five unanswered in response. Jeric Fortuna hit back with a two-pointer, but Marcus Elliot canned a triple to essentially put this one away, 77-58, 2:01 left on the clock.
Tyler Lamb top-scored with 24 points on a 9-of-16 shooting clip. He also contributed two rebounds and a steal in 27.5 minutes. Former NBA player Josh Boone put up a massive double-double of 23 points and 19 rebounds, plus four blocks. Marcus Elliot was good for 18 points and six dimes.
Lawrence Domingo returned to the starting line-up of Alab and provided 15 points and 11 rebounds. James Hughes chipped in 12 markers and 13 boards. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. was limited to nine points on a 2-of-12 shooting clip, though he managed nine caroms, three dimes and two swipes, versus four turnovers.
Hong Kong limited Alab to a 30 percent shooting clip, while converting 36 percent of their own shots. The locals had a 59-48 advantage in rebounds, but the Long Lions dished out 20 assists, and got a massive 18-7 edge in turnover points.
The two sides will face off one last time on March 19 at the Almendras Gym in Davao City, though the Long Lions will first battle the Saigon Heat on March 15 in Hong Kong.
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