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ABL: Sam Deguara leads Alab Pilipinas to vengeful win over Mono Vampire

By Jonas Terrado

Game Sunday
(Changhua, Taiwan)
3 p.m. — Formosa vs Alab Pilipinas

Sam Deguara inflicted trouble on his former team in the fourth quarter as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas ended Mono Vampire’s unbeaten start with a 96-73 win Tuesday in the ASEAN Basketball League at The Arena in San Juan.

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas import Sam Deguara scores a dunk off a Mono Vampire defender. (Photo from ABL)

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas import Sam Deguara scores a dunk off a Mono Vampire defender. (Photo from ABL)

The 7-foot-5 giant from Malta scored eight of his 20 points in the final period as Alab turned the contest into a blowout to notch its third straight win and avenge its 111-76 loss to the Thai club in the season-opener last Nov. 17 in Nonthaburi.

“Sam has been really a shot in the arm for us since he arrived two weeks ago,” said Alab coach Jimmy Alapag. “It just seemed like the team mesh with him right away. He’s such a huge presence both offensively and defensively, and he’s a great guy.

“All jokes aside, he was really big for us,” added Alapag.

Alab also held Mono Vampire scoreless in the first five minutes of the fourth, a stretch that saw a 68-58 lead increased to 84-58 on a driving layup by import Nick King.

King topscored for Alab with 24 points while Khalif Wyatt and Brandon Rosser added 13 and 11 points. Jason Brickman had eight points and 10 assists.

“The last time we played these guys, I was outcoached and we were just outplayed so it was really important for us to get back and show how much progress we made in the last 4-5 weeks,” Alapag said.

Thai-American Tyler Lamb scored 22 and import Mike Singletary made 17 but Mono Vampire absorbed its first loss after starting the season with three consecutive victories.

Alab opened the game with a 14-5 lead but Mono cut the margin to 44-42 on a layup by Lamb with 6:38 to go in the third.

But Deguara, who played for Mono during its ABL Finals run in 2018, scored six the rest of the period while King, Brickman and Rosser made their shots to put Alab in front by double digits entering the fourth.

The scores:

ALAB PILIPINAS 96 — King 24, Deguara 20, Wyatt 13, Ganuelas-Rosser 11, Brickman 8, Gray 6, Heading 5, Domingo 5, Vigil 4, Rangel 0, Caracut 0

MONO VAMPIRE 73 — Lamb 22, Singletary 17, Morgan 9, Knowles 9, Ananti 6, Watkins 4, Lish 2, Chanthachon 2, Phuangla 2, Saengtong 0, Boonserm 0, Towaroj 0.

Quarters: 20-18; 38-35; 68-58; 96-73.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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