Alab Pilipinas were left to froze as Mono Vampire prevented them to hoist the ABL trophy on their own floor. Glenn Michael Tan/ABL Photo (file)
By Kevin Estrada
MANILA--TOO GOOD TO END TODAY.
Mono Vampire refused to die like a Dracula in the night to to send the ABL Finals a fifth and deciding game, after an 88-83 win over Alab Pilipinas tonight in Bangkok's Stadium 29 in Game 4.
In their final home game in Thailand, Douglas Marty's men woke up from Saturday's setback to even the series at two games apiece thanks to their ever reliable quartet and timely contributions from their local crew, preventing the visitors to raise the trophy on their own floor to take the title series back to Sta. Rosa, Laguna in Wednesday for the final tiff of the season.
Maltese-Italian beanpole Sam Deguara and American swingman Mike Singletary carried the load Mono with 20 markers apiece, with the latter playing the entire game as he just came up three rebounds and two dimes shy of a triple-double.
Also playing the whole 40 minutes was Fil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman, who also fired a triple double of 13 points and 10 assists.
Paul Zamar was only limited to 11 points, but he made the biggest shot with a floater from the free throw line in the final 17.9 seconds in the game in which neither team led by nine or more and was on level terms at 69 apiece heading into the final frame, an indication on how close this encounter was.
Back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks fired for 21 to lead Alab, but the bench was missing in action for Jimmy Alapag's men as they were outscored by the Thais, 15-7.