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ABL: Alab Pilipinas seeks payback against unbeaten Mono Vampire in San Juan

By Jonas Terrado

Game Tuesday
(The Arena, San Juan)
4 p.m. — Alab Pilipinas vs Mono Vampire

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas goes for a third straight win and avenge its season-opening loss to Thailand’s Mono Vampire in the ASEAN Basketball League at The Arena in San Juan.

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag talks to his players during a timeout. (Photo from ABL)

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag talks to his players during a timeout. (Photo from ABL)

Tipoff is set at 4 p.m. with Alab looking to build on its come-from-behind 90-83 win over the Singapore Slingers in Sunday’s home opener at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

Coach Jimmy Alapag will bank on imports Khalif Wyatt and Sam Deguara as Alab attempts to exact a measure of revenge on Mono following a 111-76 loss last Nov. 17 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

Alab has since won back-to-back games, including the aforementioned comeback against the Slingers that saw them erase a 13-point deficit.

Mainly responsible was Wyatt, who erupted for 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter spiked by five triples.

Deguara, who stands at 7-foot-4, faces his former team for the first time as he’ll try to provide a major presence down low.

Alapag will also lean on import Nick King and locals Jason Brickman and Jordan Heading.

Former PBA import Mike Singletary and Thai-American Tyler Lamb will try to extend Mono’s unbeaten start to four games.

Lamb will make a quick return to the country after Thailand settled for silver in the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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