Alab Pilipinas edges Singapore Slingers in overtime to even season series

ABL 2016-17 Alab Pilipinas-Saigon Heat pic 4 by Roy Afable

Sampson Carter’s basket and foul shot with 23 seconds left put Alab Pilipinas ahead for good, and Jens Knuttel came up with a game-clinching steal, as the visitors took down the Singapore Slingers in overtime, 64-62.

A Lawrence Domingo basket put Alab up 55-48 with 3:45 to go in regulation, but they went scoreless the rest of the way. The home team on the other hand unleashed a 7-0 run, and could have won the game outright, as Wei Long Wong split his charities with five seconds left on the clock, 55-all.

In OT, a Han Bin Ng triple, and charities by Xavier Alexander had Singapore ahead, 60-57, still 3:28 to play. James Hughes tipped in a missed Jeric Fortuna triple, but Delvin Goh answered back with a put-back of his own. Hughes countered with a jumper, and then after Alab forced back-to-back missed triples from Singapore, Carter attacked and got the foul from Wong.

Singapore previously beat Alab 71-66 on November 27, and then again on December 18, 71-68. However, the New Year has been kind to Alab, as they dispatched Singapore on January 13, 74-72, and then this win allowed them to forge a tie in their season series.

The Slingers started this one strong, getting out to an 18-12 lead. Alab however struck back with an 18-13 second quarter to trail by just one at the intermission. Neither team led by more than eight points.

James Hughes top-scored for Alab with 14 points on a 7-of-13 clip, in addition to eight rebounds and a block. Lawrence Domingo chipped in 13 off the bench, while Sampson Carter also double-doubled with 10 markers and 11 boards.

Bobby Ray Parks was held to nine on a 4-of-16 clip, with three rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block.

Justin Howard had a game-best 28 points to go with his 14 boards and four blocks.

Alab shot 36 percent while holding Singapore to a 30 percent mark. The Philippine squad had four triples to the Slingers’ two, but conceded more foul shots, 18-of-25 versus 6-of-11.

Alab improved to 7-4, while Singapore fell to 9-4.