San Miguel Alab Pilipinas successfully broke hearts in Changhua County Sunday afternoon, narrowly escaping with a 100-99 win over the Formosa Dreamers to claim their fourth consecutive victory.
Coming off a win just one day prior against domestic rivals the Fubon Braves, the Formosa Dreamers showed no signs of weariness to open up the second game of a back-to-back against visiting San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. With big contributions off the bench from Wu Sung Wei, who hit three 3-point shots, and Tien Lei’s 10 points, the home side was able to take control in the first half, going up by as many as 16 points.
But the former ABL champions would regroup and make adjustments during the halftime break to a much improved third period on both ends of the floor. A Lawrence Domingo (10 points, seven rebounds) layup right before the end of the quarter capped off a productive period which put the visitors up by two points going into the final 10 minutes of play.
Fans were treated to an epic fourth quarter showdown as the two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the contest.
Despite Alab creating an 8-point gap with just 2:40 left to go in regulation, Anthony Tucker promptly hit four straight 3-pointers within the next minute to retake the advantage for the Dreamers.
However, for the third time this season, Khalif Wyatt delivered in the clutch for the Philippines squad with an outside shot which gave his team a single point lead with just 27 seconds remaining. Formosa would subsequently miss three consecutive game-winning attempts to fall to their fourth defeat of the season.
In the loss, Tucker once again showed why he is widely considered one of the league’s best players, playing all 40 minutes of the back-to-back game and finishing with a triple double of 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Additionally, Jordan Tolbert chipped in 25 points and nine boards, while locals Amigo Yang and Jet Chang recorded 14 and 12 points respectively. Despite only scoring six points due to foul trouble, Jerran Young still contributed significantly with 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and an emphatic chase down block on a Nick King breakaway layup attempt.
For Alab Pilipinas, Sam Deguara scored a team-high 20 points on 76 percent shooting and added nine boards. King delivered a performance of 19 points, five assists, and three steals, and Jason Brickman notched a 12-point, 12-assist double-double. Late game hero Wyatt finished with 17 points.
Following the Christmas and New Years break, the Dreamers will make a short-distance trip to Taipei for the third chapter of the Taiwan Tussle against the Braves January 3, while Alab will return home to host the Macau Wolf Warriors January 5.
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