Peter John Ramos of San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas gets entangled with Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions’ Samuel Deguara. ASEAN BASKETNALL LEAGUE MANILA – San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas kept its untarnished slate at home following an 88-76 win over the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the 2018-2019 ASEAN Basketball League on Sunday night at the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.Renaldo Balkman led the way with 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, while Peter John Ramos added 18 markers, including four three-point conversions for the Alab (10-2).Joshua Urbiztondo contributed 16 markers, including four treys, to go with four steals, three rebounds and three assists for the defending champions, which played without injured local Bobby Ray Parks Jr.Holding to a slim 45-43 lead at the half, Alab went on a strong 17-2 scoring run in the third period behind Ramos, Urbiztondo and Balkman to break the game wide open at 62-45. The Long Lions made a push and was able to come to as close as 12 markers but the Alab responded with timely conversions from Balkman to keep the visiting squad from coming even closer.The match did not end up flawless for the Alab with Balkman and Ramos figured in heated confrontations with Long Lions’ 7-foot-4 reinforcement Samuel Deguara.Marcus Elliott finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and two assists, while O’Darien Bassett added 14 points, seven dimes, and six boards for the Long Lions, which dropped to 9-8./PN
Excitement from the Ravens’ 21-0 win over Tennessee was tempered by the neck injury sustained by starting left guard Alex Lewis.Lewis was carted off the field on a stretcher after a collision with Titans linebacker Sharif Finch on the third play of the fourth quarter. The 2016 fourth-round pick initially remained on his feet upon making the block before eventually going to the ground and being cared for by both teams’ medical staffs.Making his 14th career NFL start, the 26-year-old Lewis was taken to a local hospital and underwent a CT scan before being released and allowed to travel home with his team on Sunday night. The Ravens said he had feeling and movement in all of his extremities and would undergo further testing in Baltimore on Monday.“So far, so good,” head coach John Harbaugh said in his post-game press conference. “There’s a lot of optimism.”Lewis missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing shoulder surgery early in training camp. He was replaced by rookie Bradley Bozeman at left guard Sunday as the Ravens closed out the shutout victory to improve to 4-2, their best start after six games since the 2014 season.Should Lewis miss more time, the Ravens could elect to move starting right tackle James Hurst to left guard — the position he played last season — and move rookie Orlando Brown Jr. into the starting lineup at right tackle.