By Jonas Terrado
(Stadium 29, Nonthaburi)
7 p.m. — Mono Vampire vs Alab Pilipinas
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas paid dearly for its lackluster start and suffered a 102-89 loss to Thailand’s Mono Vampire Sunday night in the ASEAN Basketball League at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
Alab never got it going after the visitors from Thailand opened the game with a 17-6 lead, thus blowing a chance to regain the solo lead in the 10-team field after dropping to third place with a 6-4 record.
The result continued the tipsy-turvy January of Alab, which has a record of 2-3 this month. They face Mono anew this Thursday at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi.
“That’s our challenge right now as a team, finding that level of consistency in our play,” said Alapag.
Team owner Charlie Dy later described the result as “disappointing,” before posting multiple online stories about the possibility of Justin Brownlee making a return stint with Alab.
Brownlee had expressed interest to suit up for the team he led to the ABL crown in 2018 after helping Barangay Ginebra San Miguel capture the PBA Governors’ Cup title recently.
Getting Brownlee could be the spark Alab needed, especially after one of its imports Nick King was reduced to six points on 2-of-17 shooting with five turnovers.
Alab’s other imports Prince Williams scored 23 points and Sam Deguara 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Jeremiah Gray was Alab’s top local scorer with 12 points.
Imports Mike Singletary and Mike Morrison, a former teammate of Rain or Shine star Gabe Norwood, scored 23 points apiece as Mono remained on top at 9-3.
MONO VAMPIRE 102 — Morrison 23, Singletary 23, Lamb 18, Knowles 17, Morgan 7, Chantachon 6, Lish 6, Ananti 2, Boonserm 0.
ALAB PILIPINAS 89 — Williams 23, Deguara 18, Gray 12, Brickman 9, Heading 8, King 6, Rosser 5, Domingo 4, Vigil 2, Caracut 2.
Quarters: 26-20; 52-39; 73-65; 102-89.