Asean Basketball League Playoffs Roundup: June 2-4, 2012

Tiras Wade and the Dragons live to fight another day in
the 2012 ABL Playoffs.

The Westports Malaysia Dragons extended their semifinal series to a deciding Game 3 when they defeated the San Miguel Beermen, 100-77, Saturday in the ASEAN Basketball League at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

The Beermen fell after the Dragons closed the game with a 26-7 blast to force a rubber match on June 9 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Filipino Patrick Cabahug helped Tiras Wade and Brian Williams on the offensive end to boost the Dragons’ fourth quarter assault to tie the series. Cahabug had 17 points on three-of-six shooting and his buzzer beating trey in the third quarter sparked the Dragons as they entered the fourth with a 72-66 lead.

Wade and Williams scored 34 and 26 points respectively and dominated the fourth as they lead the charge in that pivotal run.

Duke Crews led the Beermen in scoring with 15 points while Chris Banchero added 13.

Meanwhile, the AirAsia Philippine Patriots attempt to extend their own semifinal affair with the Indonesia Warriors when they clash Sunday at the Mahaka Square in Jakarta.

The Patriots are missing a key piece to their team with Ardy Larong being slapped with a two-game suspension by the league.

Larong was suspended after he was caught headbutting Indonesia Warriors’ Stanley Pringle in the fourth quarter of Game 1 during a video review of the match.

With their backs against the wall, Patriots coach Glenn Capacio hopes to regain homecourt advantage in Game 2.

“For us to get back in the series, we just have to be mentally and physically tough especially that we’ll be playing in Jakarta,” Capacio said.

WMD 100 – Wade 34, Williams 26, Cabahug 17, Pacana 6, Ng 5, Belasco 3, BAtumalai 3, Kuppusamy 3, Loh 3
SMB 77 – Crews 15, Banchero 13, Fazekas 12, Avenido 10, Gonzales 7, Yap 6, Fernandez 5, Fajardo 5, Ferriols 4
QS: 26-19, 45-42, 72-66, 100-77

Duke Crews and the Beermen failed to close
out their semifinal series with the Dragons.

The AirAsia Philippine Patriots were booted out of the ASEAN Basketball League title contention after being outclassed by the Indonesia Warriors, 72-51, in Game Two of the semifinals Sunday at the Mahaka Square in Jakarta.

The Patriots could not find their mark offensively throughout the game as they were outplayed by the Warriors as early as the second period to put a disappointing end to their season.

The Patriots couldn’t find an answer for the Warriors, including import Steve Thomas who had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead third-seed Indonesia to a stunning sweep of the series over the Filipino side.

Thomas, along with fellow import Evan Brock, Mario Wuysang and Filipino-American Stanley Pringle, spearheaded Indonesia’s offensive attack as they combined to tie the total scoring output of the Patriots.

Nakiea Miller only scored 12 points, while Anthony Johnson came up with 11 for the Patriots, who will miss the ABL finals for the first time in league history.

The Patriots, who missed Ardy Larong in the game due to a two-game suspension, shot a miserable one-for-17 from the three-point area in the first half as they trailed, 19-32, after scoring only six points in the second period.

The Warriors will face the winner of the semifinal series between the San Miguel Beermen and the Westports Malaysia Dragons, which is now tied at 1-1. Game 3 of their series is set on June 9.

INW 72 – Thomas 19, Brock 16, Wuysang 8, Pringle 8, Gunawan 7, Salangsan 6, Canada 3, Prihantono 3, Wisnu 2
APP 51 – Miller 12, Johnson 11, Adriano 6, Vergara 5, Laure 4, Wainwright 3, Ybanez 2, Fernandez 2, Ramos 2, Arellano 2, Raymundo 2
QS: 16-13, 32-19, 49-36, 72-51

Evan Brock scored 16 sweet points to help the
Warriors sweep the Patriots.
Nakeia Miller and the AirAsia Patriots
fall all the way out of championship contention.
Stanley Pringle continues to be a heaven-sent
piece to Indonesia's championship puzzle.

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Art Requiron)

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