MOST READ Renaldo Balkman also had his own mountains to scale. Chasing redemption, he is no longer the import who once choked his teammate. He is now a certified champion. —ASEANBASKETBALLLEAGUE.COMSTA. ROSA, Laguna—A campaign littered with adversity ended in a blaze of glory for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday night before one of the biggest crowds in Asean Basketball League Finals history at Sta. Rosa Multi Purpose Sports Complex.A hard-earned 102-93 victory over Mono Vampire of Thailand in Game 5 capped an incredible journey for the Filipino club, whose members all had remarkable stories on their rise to the top of the regional league.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The first one was to former teammate LA Tenorio shortly after a sponsor backed out, which led to a meeting with San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua, who approved the sponsorship deal for Alab five games into the season.The next one was to Balkman, whom he last crossed paths in the Fiba World Cup in Spain in 2014.Man of his word“[Balkman] told me, ‘Hey man, if you ever turn yourself into this coaching thing, you have my number,” said Alapag, recalling their conversation in the World Cup.“He’s (Alapag) a man of his word,” said Balkman, who had 32 points and nine rebounds in the title-clinching win.Balkman returned to the country five years after he was slapped with a lifetime ban in the PBA for choking a teammate. He has since apologized to former PBA commissioner Chito Salud and reconciled with ex-teammate Arwind Santos.“Past is the past for me,” said Balkman. “I have a bright future. We have a championship. I told you since Day 1 that we are going to put on a show. Our focus was on one goal and that is to win the championship. Every day, we worked hard.”Almost lost in the din of the celebration was Dy’s work behind the scenes. Already coming off a financially trying first stint as a team owner, Dy still insisted on going another round and committed to fielding a team anew.From finding sponsors to putting together a competitive team, including the acquisition of Brownlee which was made possible because of his friendship with the import’s agent, Sheryl Reyes, Dy’s imprints were all over the title run.“This (championship) makes everything worth it,” said Dy. Bulldogs, Maroons continue building process; eagles eye 4-0 start “I’m just proud of this team,” said Alapag, while carrying son, Ian, during the postchampionship press conference.“We were such a tight-knit group that when you do that, you give yourself an opportunity to win. Being with these guys, seeing the growth in all of them. Anytime you have a team like this, it isn’t just a team; it becomes a brotherhood, it becomes a family, that dynamic of a relationship changes.”In the finals, Alab overcame a Mono squad that had 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara, sniper Mike Singletary and a couple of heady Filipino players in point guard Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar.“It took our best effort tonight to beat Mono,” said Alapag, whose team managed a split in the Bangkok leg of the Finals to put themselves in a position to win at home.Alapag recalled making two phone calls in December that altered the fate of Alab.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In his first major coaching stint, national team legend Jimmy Alapag got his validation, import Renaldo Balkman completed his road to redemption and Justin Brownlee continued his winning legacy in the Philippines.More than underlining his status as a superstar with another season Most Valuable Player award and a Finals MVP trophy, Ray Parks also fulfilled his father’s wish of winning the title the late great Bobby Parks Jr. failed to pull off in 2012 as coach, while team owner Charlie Dy also got his reward for soldiering on when support was hard to come by.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 crownSolid contributionsRole players like Pamboy Raymundo, Lawrence Domingo and Pao Javelona also boosted their stock after making solid contributions to a championship run that included big victories over defending champion Hong Kong Eastern in the semifinals. 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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Carlson and another plaintiff, Andrew Leong of Brookline, Mass., spoke at a news conference organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. They intend to sue Kellogg and Nickelodeon parent Viacom Inc. in state court in Massachusetts and served the required 30 days’ notice on Wednesday. “For over 30 years, public health advocates have urged companies to stop marketing junk food to children,” said Susan Linn of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. “Even as rates of childhood obesity have soared, neither Viacom nor Kellogg has listened.” Both companies said they have enduring commitments to healthy lifestyles. Nickelodeon spokesman Dan Martinsen said the children’s cable network has been a leader in helping kids and their families be more active and healthier and has pushed advertisers for more balance in their offerings. WASHINGTON – Advocacy groups and parents are suing the Nickelodeon TV network and cereal maker Kellogg Co. in an effort to stop junk food marketing to kids. The plaintiffs are citing a recent report documenting the influence of marketing on what children eat. Ads aimed at kids are mostly for high-calorie, low-nutrition food and drinks, according to the government-chartered Institute of Medicine. Wakefield, Mass., mother Sherri Carlson said she tries her best to get her three kids to eat healthy foods. “But then they turn on Nickelodeon and see all those enticing junk-food ads,” Carlson said. “Adding insult to injury, we enter the grocery store and see our beloved Nick characters plastered on all those junky snacks and cereals.” Kellogg spokeswoman Jill Saletta said the company is proud of its contributions to healthy diets and will keep educating people about good nutrition and exercise. A food industry-backed group defended the companies, saying the lawsuit assumes parents can’t turn off televisions, have no control over the food they buy and can’t make their kids go outside to play. “Going out on a limb here, perhaps (Carlson’s) kids want these foods not because of ads, but because they’re children,” said Dan Mindus, spokesman for the Center for Consumer Freedom. The lawsuit seeks to stop the companies from marketing junk food when 15 percent or more of the audience is 8 years old or younger. It targets not only commercials but Web sites, toy giveaways, contests and other marketing aimed at that age group. CSPI said it had analyzed food advertising on Nickelodeon and during Saturday-morning TV shows as well as in magazines and food packages. The majority of the food ads involving both companies were for nutrition-poor foods, CSPI said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!