Coming off an 80-92 loss to Malaysia, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas bounced back big, hammering Saigon, 99-79, Sunday evening at the Sta. Rosa Multi Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna.
This win continued the roller-coaster ride of Alab in the 2019-20 ABL Season, raising their record to 10-6.
And Alab had to do it with just two imports, with Justin Brownlee out another game after missing his flight.
Nick King and Sam Deguara took turns in pounding Saigon with the former tallying 20 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists. Meanwhile, the latter added 23 points and eight rebounds.
With the two clicking, though, the San Miguel-backed squad played one of its finest games this year.
A huge 31-point second quarter gave Alab a 20-point lead heading into the second half, 56-36.
Every player Alab fielded in contributed as well as the lead grew to as high as 24 points, 72-48, late in the third canto.
Usual sixth man Lawrence Domingo started the game, finishing with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Jason Brickman glued things together with 10 points and nine assists.
Besides Brownlee, Jeremiah Gray and Andrei Caracut did not play in the game.
On the other hand, Sam Thompson did the heavy lifting for Saigon, scoring a game-high 36 points and hauling down 10 boards. Dang Khoa Tran and Malcolm White had 18 and 13 points, respectively.
Alab head to Saigon on Sunday, March 1.
San Miguel Alab 99 – Deguara 23, King 20, Domingo 18, Brickman 10, Vigil 8, Ganuelas-Rosser 8, Heading 7, Rangel 5.
Saigon 79 — Thompson 36, Tran 18, White 13, Taylor 7, Q. Nguyen 3, Dierker 2, Young 0, Dinh 0, Waale 0, T. Nguyen 0.
Quarterscores: 25-17, 56-36, 75-56, 99-79.