San Miguel Alab Pilipinas left Changhua City not just with their second defeat of the season, but also with bruises to two of their key players.
The defending ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) champions absorbed a narrow 73-72 decision to the Formosa Dreamers, with team captain Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and world import Peter John Ramos failing to complete the match Sunday inside the Changhua County Stadium in Taiwan.
Parks, the reigning local Most Valuable Player (MVP), was hit by an inadvertent elbow by Formosa’s Malcolm Miller on a fastbreak run at the 6:27 mark of the third period. The blow resulted to a deep laceration across the forehead of Parks, who was immediately subbed out by Josh Urbiztondo.
Parks received six stitches as a result of the collision with Miller.
Ramos was a recipient of an eye poke from Tevin Glass with 8:28 remaining in the second quarter. With Ramos disoriented from the contact, Wei Cheng stole the ball from the Puerto Rican center which led to a Sung Wei Wu three-pointer in transition.
With no foul called, an infuriated Ramos charged to the referees who quickly whistled two technicals against the Alab slotman. Coach Jimmy Alapag was also assessed with a technical foul for complaining about the non-call.
Alab team officials shared photos of Parks and Ramos from the dugout, showing the injuries sustained by the pair.
With a 6-2 win-loss card, Alab is currently tied on top of the standings of ABL Season 9 with the surging Macau Black Bears.
The Jimmy Alapag-mentored quintet returns to action on January 18 in a home game against the Black Bears, set to be played inside the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
(Images courtesy of Alab Pilipinas officials)
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