Itís Philippines vs Thailand in ABL Finals as Mono ousts Chong Son
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 18, 2018 04:07 PM
The ABL championship will come down to who's the better team between Southeast Asian powers Thailand and Philippines
The top-seeds in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League have been shown the exits and the two teams remaining are Southeast Asian powers Philippines and Thailand.
Mono rode the shoulders of 7-foot-5 reinforcement Sam Deguara to topple top-seeded Chong Son of China, 83-80, on Wednesday at the Studio 29 in Bangkok and take the place opposite Alab Pilipinas in the Finals.
Vampire lost a lead of as much as 15 and was at the wrong end of a miracle shot from Kung Fu’s Mikh Mckinney that tied the tally at 80-all with eight ticks to go.
Coming off a timeout, however, the home team lobbed the ball over to the unreachable limbs of Deguara who then sent it home through the nets with no more time left on the clock.
The tower of power also made good on the bonus which ultimately served as the cherry on top of the cake that was fourth-seed Mono’s semifinals sweep of top-seeded Chong Son.
Now, Deguara and company head into battle up against red-hot Alab in the best-of-five Finals scheduled to tip-off on Sunday.
The Vampire’s Maltese import wound up with a monster 19-point, 19-rebound double-double while Mike Singletary contributed his own 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Filipino-American Jason Brickman also caught fire with 23 points on top of nine assists and six rebounds while playing each and every second of the game. Full-blooded Filipino Paul Zamar had an off-game with just six markers, but also chipped in five boards and four dimes.
Thailand will yet again lean on these for as they travel to the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna for Game 1.
Game 2 is scheduled next Wednesday still in Laguna before the series swings to Bangkok for Games 3 and, if necessary, 4 on April 28 and April 30, respectively.
For Kung Fu, Justin Howard showed the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Getting upset by a lower-seeded team, they settle for a semifinals finish for their maiden campaign.
MONO VAMPIRE 83 – Singletary 23, Brickman 23, Deguara 19, Zamar 6, Chanthachon 7, Apriomvilaichai 5, Klahan 0, Phuangla 0, Ananti 0, Boonyai 0
CHONG SON KUNG FU 80 – Howard 25, Mckinney 20, Tian 15, Luo 11, Tucker 9, He 0, Song 0, Mai 0
QUARTER SCORES: 26-16, 44-35, 53-60, 83-80
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