San Miguel Alab Pilipinas survived the Singapore Slingers, 90-83, in their first home game of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
Khalif Wyatt came through in the clutch for the Philippine club, helping spark a furious 16-2 rally late in the game to come back from a ten-point deficit and secure the win. Down by as much as ten points midway through the fourth quarter, the American import made five shots from deep as he scored 20 of the team’s 40 points in the fourth quarter.
Wyatt, who was scoreless in the third quarter, came alive to finish with seven three-pointers as he led all scorers in the game with 28 points, all while shooting 61.5 percent from the field.
Alab Pilipinas spoiled Marcus Elliott’s debut with the Slingers, limiting the ABL World Import MVP and Finals MVP to 11 points after a nightmare 4-for-21 shooting from the field.
Reigning Import MVP Xavier Alexander flirted with a triple-double after finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists to go with three steals and two blocked shots, while veteran big man Anthony McClain tallied 26 points and 12 boards for the Slingers in the loss.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas takes a day off before hosting the currently undefeated Mono Vampire Basketball Club at the Filoil Flying V Center on December 17.
Meanwhile, the Singapore Slingers play their first home game of the season against the Macau Wolf Warriors at the OCBC Arena on December 22.
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