San Miguel Alab Pilipinas bucked yet another absence of import Justin Brownlee as it doused the Saigon Heat, 99-79, for a bounce-back win in Season 10 Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Sunday night at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Laguna.
With the PBA mainstay reinforcement Brownlee still a no-show for the second straight game, Alab Pilipinas banked on World Imports Sam Deguara and Nick King to jump back on the winning track following an 80-92 loss to the Kuala Lumpur Dragons last February 19.
Alab also tightened its grip on the second spot with a 10-6 record — only behind Thailand’s Mono Vampire Basketball Club with a 12-4 slate — as the 10-team regional league inched closer to its homestretch.
The 7-foot-5 Italian-Maltese center Deguara drilled a game-high 23 points on an efficient 9-for-10 shooting clip to go with eight rebounds while American forward King pumped in a double-double of 20 markers and 15 boards on top of seven assists and two steals.
Brownlee, who was supposed to make his season debut against Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday, missed his flight anew from Los Angeles.
His absence hardly mattered, though, as local standouts Lawrence Domingo and Jason Brickman supplied 18 and 10 markers, respectively, with the former also hauling down six rebounds and the latter dishing out nine assists.
All the other four players deployed by head coach Jimmy Alapag chipped in at least five points for Alab, which also overcame the absence of Jeremiah Gray, Andrei Caracut and Aaron Aban due to injuries.
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