Alab Pilipinas had no answer for the red-hot shooting of the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, losing anew, 100-87, on Friday, at the Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong.
The Lions, league leaders in three-point percentage, connected on 17-of-41 triples, for a 41 percent clip. They got out to a 33-18 first quarter lead, and never looked back against their foes.
Hong Kong improved to 14-2, and can clinch homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs with one more victory.
Alab fell to 9-8, putting them in a precarious position with the 6-9 Saigon Heat breathing down their necks.
Hong Kong led from start to finish, and never let their lead dip below 10 points beyond the first period.
Ki Lee led the three-point barrage, connecting on 7-of-13 triples en route to 21 points off the bench. Tyler Lamb added 20 markers on a 6-of-16 shooting clip, 5-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Marcus Elliot top-scored for Hong Kong with 23 points and nine assists. Former NBA player Josh Boone had 13 markers, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
Bobby Ray Parks had 21 points, 10 coming off free throws. He also contributed 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block. Lawrence Domingo was responsible for all 19 of Alab’s bench points. Imports Sampson Carter and James Hughes had 14 markers apiece.
Hong Kong finished hitting a 49 percent clip from the field, while holding their foes to just 41 percent shooting. Alab dominated the glass, 49-35, for a 25-7 edge in second-chance points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions’ firepower.
These two teams play each other anew on March 12, at the Sta. Rosa Arena in Laguna.