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Balkman promises another show in Alab Pilipinas’ first ABL Finals stint

Balkman promises another show in Alab Pilipinas’ first ABL Finals stint

first_imgPhoto from ASEAN Basketball LeagueRenaldo Balkman promised a show when the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League rolled on, and with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas advancing to the Finals, things won’t be much different.“All I got is my word as a man, you know. I believe in my guys, I believe in myself, and like I told you, I will give them a show,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Puerto Rican forward has backed up his words, hiking his totals to 26.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.0 steals, and 1.0 block in the playoffs.Balkman further silenced all the doubters with his standout play in the semifinals, where the Philippine-based squad swept defending champion Hong Kong Eastern for its first ever championship appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Everybody kept talking about they’re the number one team, and they’re a great team. But I know how good we are. We prepared for these games and in the semifinals, I think we had an edge on them and that’s what I’m telling you, we put on a show,” he said.Balkman believes that missing out on the outright semifinal berth and going through the grind in quarterfinals helped in keeping Alab Pilipinas at its peak heading into the most crucial part of the season. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Djokovic needs 10 match points in ‘real battle’, Nadal’s ‘positive’ start Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I think the best thing that happened to us is when we play in the quarterfinals. If we sat home and rested for 10 to 15 days, it would’ve hurt us. But since we played in the quarterfinals, we’ve gotten better going into the semifinals,” he said. “Not being arrogant or what, but I know how my guys are. We’re playing well because we playing together.”Balkman, for his part, churned out solid outings in the Philippine squad’s two elimination meetings against the Thais, averaging 22.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 block in its two wins.Alab, which has has won seven of its last games, is facing an equally determined Mono Vampire of Thailand, which slayed top seed Chong Son Kung Fu, in the best-of-five Finals series starting Sunday.With the stakes as high as it is now, Balkman knows that there’s no room for complacency in the championship series.“We got to prepare again. I’m gonna tell it one more time: it’s gonna be another show,” he said. “Win or lose, no matter what, it’s gonna be a show because these last three games, we got to win and it’s over.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more