San Miguel Alab Pilipinas mounted a late comeback to take a 114-110 overtime victory on the road against a reinforced Wolf Warriors squad.
The visiting Alab Pilipinas capitalized their speed in transition game, built a 15-10 halfway through first quarter. It was their floor general Jason Brickman’s early seven assists gave his team am early 10-point lead. But the home team’s import Julian Boyd showed enough resiliency in the first half, led his team to cut the deficit into 45-53 at the end of first half.
Wolf Warriors had a quick 16-3 run to retake the lead five minutes after half time, courtesy of local big man Cai Chen and Boyd at the offensive end. The suffocating defense led by veteran Steve Thomas gave the Wolf Warriors a 74-65 lead after three quarters.
However, Brickman, Jordan Heading and Khalif Wyatt’s perimeter shooting punished the gassed Wolf Warriors, that gave Alab Pilipinas an one point lead with one minute remaining of the fourth quarter.
Although Wyatt drilled in a long three to take the late lead, a late foul on Wolf Warriors’ Doug Herring almost cost them the game. Herring only made two out of three free throws to tie the game at 96, and force overtime.
The trio of Brickman, Heading and Wyatt continued to take charge in overtime to help the Philippine side secure the win.
The Philippines squad was led by Jordan Heading’s 27 points, including six long bombs from deep. Fil-American Brickman also contributed 14 points and 12 assists. American Khalif Wyatt who scored 19 of his 24 points at the second half, also added six rebounds and seven assists.
Though all five of the Wolf Warriors starters scored in double digit, the lack of bench production and rotation became a factor in this loss. Julian Boyd led the team with 38 points and 17 rebounds, while teammate Steven Thomas had an impressive 19-point and 17-rebound outing as well. Local big man Cai Chen chipped in with 22 markers in the loss.
The Wolf Warriors would play their next game at home against Kuala Lumpur Dragons on 5th of December. Whereas, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas look to extend their current league standing against Singapore Slingers at home on 15th of December.
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