San Miguel Alab Pilipinas routed Mono Vampire Basketball Club at home, 96-71, drawing even atop the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) standings.
After suffering a 34-point beatdown in Thailand during their season opening match, Alab Pilipinas relied on their import trio to exact revenge on their 2017 ABL Finals opponents with a strong second half effort at home.
Much different to their slow start against the Slingers in their previous outing, Alab Pilipinas immediately went to work and quickly built an early double-digit lead. However, Mono Vampire raced back with an 11-2 run of their own at the end of the opening period.
The visiting squad took their first lead at 21-20 after Thai national team star forward Tyler Lamb nailed a three-pointer to open the second quarter, before Alab Pilipinas managed to bring a slim 38-35 advantage into the halftime break.
The second half was an entirely different ballgame as the home team completely dominated on offense, led by Nick King, who finished with 24 points after barely cracking double-figures in scoring during his last game.
Sam Deguara also bounced back strong with a 20-point, 10-rebound game, while Khalif Wyatt simmered down with 13 points after helping the team mount a huge comeback against the Singapore Slingers in their last outing.
Tyler Lamb led the Thai club with 22 points and six rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the field. Import Mike Singletary added 17 markers in the loss.
Alab Pilipinas won their third-straight game after getting destroyed by Mono Vampire in Thailand in their first game of the season. Both teams, who now share the top spot in the ABL ladder at 3-1, will play their last assignments of the year on December 22.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is set to pay the Formosa Dreamers a visit at Changhua Stadium in Taiwan, while Mono Vampire hosts Hong Kong Eastern inside Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
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