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ABL: Chalmers delivers, steers Zamboanga past Macau for fourth win


Mario Chalmers showed that he still got it.

The 36-year-old guard delivered the goods in Zamboanga MLV’s 92-82 win over Macau to open their Malaysia circuit campaign in the 2023 ABL Invitational Tournament, Saturday at MABA Arena.

The two-time NBA champion tallied 19 points, seven assists, and three rebounds in 29 minutes of game time for the Valientes.

With a new import around, the rest of the Valientes also showed out in the win.

Zamboanga saw their 78-63 lead go down to 83-82 with 2:51 left.

Jeremy Arthur stopped the bleeding with a cold-blooded trey before Mohamed Sesay and Antonio Hester restored order, giving their side a 92-82 edge with 23 seconds left.

Hester tallied 21 points, nine rebounds, and three steals while Sesay added 12 points and seven boards for the Valientes, who climbed to a 4-5 slate to tie the Black Bears at 5-6 in the standings.

Dequam Abrom led Macau with 27 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Isaiah Wade added 24 points and 14 rebounds. Brent International School product Jenning Leung also produced 18 points and six dimes.

Zamboanga will next face Bangkok on Monday.

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