ABL: Alab fails to slay Vampire in Game 4 thanks to Brickman, Zamar

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 30, 2018 06:27 PM
ABL: Alab fails to slay Vampire in Game 4
Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar came up clutch in a must-win game for Mono Vampire

BANGKOK, THAILAND – Alab Pilipinas was on the brink of a championship in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League.

Mono’s Filipino imports Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar weren’t going to let them have it just yet, however, and took charge in the last three minutes and took for Vampire an 88-83 triumph over Alab on Monday at the Stadium 29 here.

Brickman had two points and one assist and Zamar also had two points of his own in the endgame to ward off their oncoming kababayans and seize the series-levelling Game 4 win for the home team.

Mono built up an eight-point lead early in the final frame only to see Ray Parks Jr. get hot and shoot the Filipinos to within five, 77-82, with 3:13 remaining.

It was at that point, however, that Brickman set up Darongpan Apiromvilaichai for a corner three and then followed that up with a layup to re-establish an 86-79 advantage in Vampire’s favor.

Lo Domingo and Justin Brownlee again let the visitors threaten at 83-86, but Zamar closed the door on them once and for all with a floater over the outstretched arms of Parks Jr.

In the end, Brickman totaled 13 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, and four steals while Zamar wound up with 11 markers, five dimes, four boards, and two pilfers.

The Filipino imports proved to be the difference for Vampire as both Mike Singletary and Sam Deguara failed to make an impact in the endgame. Still the former had 20 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and five steals while the latter had a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double.

The two teams will now head back to the Philippines for the winner-take-all Game 5 set for Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.

For Alab, Parks Jr. showed the way with 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

In the first of their two chances to take the title, both Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman were frustrated into substandard showings with the former posting 18 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists and the latter posting 18 markers, 13 rebounds, and five dimes.

The two reinforcements combined for 15 turnovers. In all, the Filipinos turned the ball over 26 times leading to 24 points for their opponents.

BOX SCORES

MONO VAMPIRE 88 – Singletary 20, Deguara 20, Brickman 13, Zamar 11, Apiromvilaichai 9, Chanthachon 6, Ananti 6, Klahan 3

SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 83 – Parks Jr. 21, Brownlee 18, Balkman 18, Domingo 14, Raymundo 5, Sumalinog 3, Urbiztondo 2, Javelona 2, Alabanza 0, Hontiveros 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-18, 45-42, 69-69, 88-83

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