The first three games between Mono Vampire Basketball Club and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas all ended with double-digit wins. The fourth and final regular-season battle between the two teams will be one worth remembering as Alab leveled their series against Mono Vampire with two wins apiece after a spirited 100-92 overtime victory inside Stadium 29.
It was a former member of Mono Vampire who proved to be the biggest thorn on their side as Jason Brickman notched his ABL career-high in scoring with 32 points. He was perfect 6 of 6 from the two-point range and was 5 of 8 from long distance while also adding eight rebounds and eight assists.
Alab looked like they were about to be on the receiving end of another tough loss against the Thai squad, similar to what happened in their last contest, as they were down 77-65 midway through the fourth after a fast break layup from Tyler Lamb.
However, Nick King and Brickman combined for an 8-0 run that quickly brought the Philippine team back into the game. After a Michael Morrison dunk for Mono Vampire, Alab went on an even bigger run. King, Loui Vigil, and Brickman combined for an 11-0 blast capped by a triple from the point guard to build an 84-79 lead with less than a minute remaining in the final period.
Mono Vampire battled back with Preston Knowles connecting with a three-point shot. Then after a King split from the free-throw line, Mike Singletary saved the day for the home squad as he also connected from downtown to tie the count at 85-all to force an overtime period.
Alab made their move in the final three minutes of the extension with a back-breaking 9-0 run with Brickman hitting a dagger three with 1:39 left that gave them a 97-88 lead.
King had a big bounce-back game after struggling in their last meeting against Mono Vampire as he chipped in 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Deguara had another double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds.
Mono Vampire was led by Singletary who had 25 points followed by Preston’s 24 and Lamb’s 20. The problem was that the offense of the Thai squad was limited to these three players as they took 64 of the team’s 76 total attempts. Their record now falls to 9-4, which is still good enough to hang onto the first spot, while Alab strengthens their hold of the third spot with a 7-4 win-loss tally.