Mono Vampire Basketball Club extended the championship round to a rubber match after holding off San Miguel Alab Pilipinas at home, 88-83, in Game Four of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Finals.
The Thai club lead Alab Pilipinas for most of the game, but could never shake off the road team from their tails. Justin Brownlee threatened to help his team take over when he hit a jumper to give them a 67-66 lead with 1:24 remaining in the third quarter, their first lead since the first quarter, but Mono never allowed them to go any further.
Mono Vampire was able to maintain composure and eventually took their biggest lead of the game, 79-71, with less than seven minutes left in the game. They never let the Filipino squad inch closer than two possessions in the final period.
Alab Pilipinas was able to out-rebound the Thai club, 51-35, but also committed 26 turnovers that were translated into 24 points by the home team. Mono Vampire also relied on the contribution of their locals off the bench, who outscored their Filipino counterparts 15-7.
Mike Singletary led the Vampire charge with 20 points, eights assists, seven rebounds, and five steals, while big man Samuel Deguara produced another impressive outing with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocked shots.
Jason Brickman put on another double-double performance with 13 points and 10 assists, while Paul Zamar and Daronphan Apiromvilaichai added 11 and nine points, respectively.
Reigning two-time Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led Alab Pilipinas in scoring for the second-straight game with 21 points, while also adding eight rebounds and five steals.
World imports Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman finished the game with 18 markers each, while Filipino-American forward Lawrence Domingo added 14.
The deciding game of the ABL Finals series shifts back to the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna, Philippines on Wednesday, May 2.