Mono Vampire Basketball Club spoiled Jason Brickman’s first return to Stadium 29 since leaving the Thai club last season, handing a heavy 111-76 defeat to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the two team’s 2019-20 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season opener.
In addition to the 35-point loss, Brickman may have further reason to forget his return trip as the Filipino-American guard had a rough afternoon on the court, finishing with no points on just one shot attempt and four assists in 26 minutes.
Veteran forward Lawrence Domingo (10 points and 10 rebounds) scored the Filipino club’s first two points of the game to open up Alab’s account in its fourth consecutive ABL season.
But it would turn out to be the only time the visiting squad would lead during the game, as the home-sided Vampire completely dominated for the remainder of the time, shooting 56 percent from beyond the arc to set a franchise record of 18 made threes, while also dishing out 23 assists. With the aforementioned statistics from the hosts more than doubling that of their own, a heavy dose of Alab’s scoring came from free throws (27), making up for over a third of their total scoring output.
Alab’s Nicholas King led all scorers with 21 points, while no other Alab world import was able to add more than six markers. Louis Vigil and Jordan Heading showed promise in their ABL debuts, putting up 13 and 12 respectively, offering a bright spot for coach Jimmy Alapag despite the one-sided defeat.
For Mono Vampire, 11 of its 12 players were able to scratch the stat sheet in scoring, with Mike Singletary leading the way with a double-double of 19 points and 11 boards. Additionally, Moses Morgan added 16 points, which included four successful outside shots, while Ryan Watkins, Freddie List, and Tyler Lamb each finished with 13 markers.
After being ranked as the number one team in the league’s preseason power rankings, the blowout victory against the former champions justified the placing, showing that new head coach Andrej Urlep and Mono Vampire are serious contenders for the ABL 10 crown.
Mono Vampire will host the Formosa Dreamers next Saturday in the Taiwanese club’s season opener, while Alab Pilipinas won’t see action again until November 27th when the team faces off against the Wolf Warriors.
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