Eager to bury the memory of their first loss of the ASEAN Basketball League’s 10th Season, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas showed grit and determination in the end game as they survived the Macau Wolf Warriors, 114-110, in overtime at the Foshan Shishan Gymnasium, Wednesday night.
After climbing back from as many as 14 points down in the early part of the fourth quarter, Alab battled back as World Import Khalif Wyatt finally showed what he can do. In their loss against Mono Vampire, Wyatt was barely a factor as he finished with only six points and took only four shots but he turned things around rather quickly.
Playing off the bench for Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag, Wyatt nailed a triple at the 8:10 mark of the fourth to but their deficit down to 11, 79-68. Jordan Heading also had an explosive performance as he connected on a couple of triples late in the fourth to get them within two, 87-85.
After falling behind by five again, Alab banked on a couple of triples from Wyatt and Jason Brickman to push them ahead 93-92 with 1:12 remaining. However, the Wolf Warriors battled back courtesy of Julian Boyd who took the lead back for the home team.
Wyatt was not done yet as he swished another big-time triple from way beyond the arc to give Alab a 96-94 lead. ABL veteran Lawrence Domingo had a golden chance to put the game away in regulation for his short stab rimmed out, which also led to a foul drawn by Douglas Herring while taking a three.
Luckily for the Philippine squad, Herring could only manage to sink the latter two as the game went into overtime.
Wyatt led the fight for Alab in the extra period as he scored eight of their 18 markers and but it was Brickman who put the game away for good by sinking a layup to extend their lead to four points with only nine seconds remaining.
Heading led the Philippine team with 27 points on 6 of 10 shooting from downtown while Wyatt chipped in 24 points, six rebounds, and seven assists while also sinking six triples. Nick King had an all-around performance with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists while Brickman picked up a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists.
The problem for Alab was that they had another poor performance from big man import Adrian Forbes who only finished with five points and six rebounds in 13 foul-plagued minutes.
The loss sent the Wolf Warriors to the bottom of the standings at 0-2 and wasted an epic performance from Boyd who finished with 38 points and 17 rebounds. Herring added 19 points, 16 assists, and six steals, even though he did not get a single second of rest, and Steven Thomas bullied his way to 19 points and 17 rebounds.
After going 5 of 25 from the three-point range in their first game, Alab shot a much better clip against the Wolf Warriors at 17 of 38. Allowing the three-point shot has been a problem for the team from Macau as they also allowed the same number of triples in their match against the Black Bears.