Khalif Wyatt could not be denied in the clutch as he spearheaded San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ 90-83 come-from-behind victory over the Singapore Slingers Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna, Philippines.
Wyatt scored 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead the home team, spoiling the season debut of Singapore. Alab’s World Import also showcased his outside shooting, drilling a total of seven triples, five in the final frame alone.
“Just being aggressive,” Wyatt said on his fourth-quarter brilliance. “My point guard, Jason (Brickman), he found me a couple of times. It was good looks. Off the dribble, I was able to get some space and get my shot up.”
The Slingers were ahead by 10, 65-55, with eight minutes left in the game as the trio of Xavier Alexander, Marcus Elliott, and Anthony McClain were hitting their stride in their first game together.
Just as Alab Pilipinas looked like they were down for the count, they would unleash a momentum-shifting 16-2 run, anchored by three 3-pointers from Wyatt. Brickman capped off the scoring spree with a layup to make it a 71-67 advantage.
The Philippines dropped 40 points in the fourth period to overwhelm the visitors. Even as the Slingers tried to recover late, Wyatt scored six straight points – a 3-pointer and an and-1 play – in the final minute to eventually seal the win.
“Down the stretch, I just try to go out make winning plays. I’m not afraid to play,” Wyatt said.
Alab Pilipinas also got huge contributions from new addition Sam Deguara who had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Heading’s 10 points and two triples. Brickman netted nine points while managing the offense with nine assists. Off the bench, Brandon Rosser provided nine points while Louie Vigil added seven.