Clearly, Alab Pilipinas wanted to get back on track in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League (ABL) – and not just the key players, but the entire squad.
Justin Brownlee showed the way with 29 points, but the Filipinos got contributions from up and down the lineup as they crushed Mono Vampire by 27 points, 114-87, right in front of their fans inside the Stadium 29 in Bangkok on Sunday.
The visiting squad was coming off an upset at the hands of Singapore just four days ago.
They had for themselves a mighty rebound in this one with a wire-to-wire win that hikes their record to 4-4 – good for fifth in the standings.
The contest was close for the first two minutes until Alab uncorked an 11-4 burst that ballooned their lead to 20-9 late in the first quarter.
They would not look back from there and owned an advantage of as much as 33 in the final frame.
Brownlee, who struggled in the loss to the Slingers, himself had a bounce-back game also with nine assists, eight rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.
Ray Parks Jr. then built on his best game four days ago with a new season-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.
Josh Urbiztondo and Renaldo Balkman chipped in 17 and 14 points, respectively, and the Filipinos also had much welcome contributions from reserve guards Pamboy Raymundo and Pao Javelona who combined for 16 markers as well as first-time starter Rico Maierhofer who had seven caroms.
Head coach Jimmy Alapag played all 12 of his players and only one did not appear in the scoring column.
That total team effort overwhelmed the Thais who were led by Mike Singletary’s 24 points and Filipino import Paul Zamar’s 20 markers.
TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 114 — Brownlee 29, Parks 19, Urbiztondo 17, Balkman 14, Raymundo 10, Maierhofer 7, Javelona 6, Alabanza 4, Domingo 4, Celiz 2, Hontiveros 2, Sumalinog 0.
MONO VAMPIRE 87 — Singletary 24, Zmar 20, Deguara 17, Brickman 7, Boonyai 5, Ananti 4, Chanthachon 3, Apiromvilaichai 2, Khukhandhin 2, Phuangla 2, Samerjai 1, Kruatiwa 0.