San Miguel Alab Pilipinas steals back home court advantage against Mono Vampire Basketball Club with a 99-93 game three road victory, taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Finals.
Alab Pilipinas started out the game hot, leading by as much as eight points after Renaldo Balkman’s jumper pushed them ahead 11-3, with 7:40 remaining in the opening quarter.
Mono Vampire slowly chipped away and took their first lead through a Teerawat Chantachon slam with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. Their imports came alive in the second quarter and helped the home team close out with a slim two-point lead going into intermission.
The Thai team banked on a balanced attack from both imports and locals. Big man Samuel Deguara had 11 points, seven rebounds, and a blocked shot, Mike Singletary provided 11 markers of his own, while adding four rebounds and three assists.
Heritage imports Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar added eight points apiece, while locals Darongphan Apiromvilaichai and Teerawat Chantachon pitched in with six each for the home team.
Alab Pilipinas world import Renaldo Balkman scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while reigning two-time local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. added 10 markers for the Philippine club.
Two free throws from Justin Brownlee and a layup by Lawrence Domingo gave Alab Pilipinas a two-point lead to open the third quarter, but an and-one play by Paul Zamar quickly took back the lead for the home team. However, a 15-2 run by Alab Pilipinas gave them an eight-point lead to close the third quarter.
Alab Pilipinas took their biggest lead of the game at 11 off a hook shot by Parks, 85-74, with less than five minutes in the final quarter.
Mono Vampire’s shooters came alive late in the game, helping cut the lead to three with a minute and spare remaining, but the Philippine side was able to weather the storm. A Lawrence Domingo under-goal stab put them ahead by seven with 29 seconds left in the game.
Reigning two-time Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. broke the ABL’s postseason single-game scoring record for a local after drilling a fadeaway jumper late in the game to tally the game-high 30 points, finishing with 52 percent shooting from the field.
Justin Brownlee played through a strained hamstring to score 27 points, grab 12 rebounds, and dish seven assists. Balkman added 24 markers and 16 boards of his own to help Alab earn the road win.
Mono Vampire’s Mike Singletary led his team with 29 markers, while Sam Deguara contributed a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Paul Zamar added 16 points, and Jason Brickman had 11 points and 12 assists in the loss.
Both teams will return to Stadium 29 in Bangkok, Thailand for Game Four of the ABL Finals on April 30 (Monday).