Mono Vampire cemented its spot at the top of the ABL standings with a convincing win over San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, 102-89 at the Caloocan Sports Complex in Manila, Philippines.
Looking to bounce back from a 96-73 loss to Alab Pilipinas in their previous match, Mono Vampire leaned on rock-solid performances from World Imports Mike Singletary and Mike Morrison. Singletary produced another well-rounded outing, tallying 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
Morrison, on the other hand, had his hands full containing Sam Deguara, yet he was still able to produce 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
The visiting squad for almost the entire game, highlighted by a Morrison layup at the 6:36 mark of the 3rd quarter to give Mono Vampire a 14 point lead. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas finished strong to trim the deficit to eight points, as they began their attempt to rally back in the final canto.
Unfortunately, Alab Pilipinas was unable to get close enough to dream about a comeback, as they were only able to come to within seven points on a triple from Jeremiah Gray at the 8:30 mark of the fourth quarter. But a six-point spurt from Tyler Lamb followed by baskets from Singletary and Preston Knowles ended all hopes for a comeback. A layup from Freddie Lish in the final minute of the game pushed Mono Vampire’s lead to as many as 17 points, before eventually settling on the 13-point win.
Lamb and Knowles contributed to the team’s success with 4 and 7 assists respectively in the win. Lamb, in particular, bounced back with a strong scoring performance, notching 18 points on 3 triples in the game.
Leading the way for Alab Pilipinas was Prince Williams with 23 points on 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. Sam Deguara notched a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Nick King struggled mightily from the field, as he was only able to manage 6 points on a putrid 2 of 17 shooting night.
Mono Vampire shot well from the field with a 54% clip, compared to Alab Pilipinas’ 41% shooting. The Thai-based squad also had the advantage in the paint despite the presence of Deguara, outscoring Alab Pilipinas in that area 46-38.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas dropped to third place in the standings with a 6-4 record, while Mono Vampire remains on top with a 9-3 card. The two teams will have their final matchup of the season, when they battle again on January 30 at Stadium 29 in Bangkok, Thailand.