Alab Pilipinas got its revenge after a 35-point rout at the hands of Mono Vampire in its first game of the season. This rematch would be a completely different situation, as Alab Pilipinas unleashed Sam Deguara, who dominated in a big way for his squad.
Deguara, the World Import of Mono Vampire during its 2017-2018 season run to the ABL Finals tallied 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in only 22 minutes of action. He was a team-high +24 for the game and someone that Mono Vampire didn’t have an answer for. His size advantage led to easy offensive rebounds and shots in the paint, as Deguara shot 8/13 from the field.
He was key in the team’s game-breaking run in the 3rd quarter, as Alab mounted a 17-0 run to turn the tide in what was a close match up that point. Relentless defense in the final canto also kept Mono Vampire scoreless for the first 5:01 of the match, until a basket by Preston Knowles ended the drought. But by then, Alab Pilipinas was already up by 24 points and would cruise all the way to the victory.
Though Deguara was the story of the game, his teammate Nick King also turned heads, as he led the team in scoring with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Guard Jason Brickman, another ex-Mono Vampire player was also instrumental in Alab’s win with a near triple-double of 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Tyler Lamb would lead the way for Mono Vampire with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists of the bench. Mike Singletary had a quiet afternoon, registering 17 points on 4/12 from the field, to go along with 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Alab Pilipinas was able to cool off the hot shooting from the perimeter of their opponents, as Mono Vampire shot only 7 of 32 from beyond the arc for 21%. Alab Pilipinas also did a much better of distributing the basketball that led to better shot opportunities, as the squad had 25 assists compared to only 13 for Mono Vampire.