BANGKOK — Bobby Ray Parks scored 30 points, while Justin Brownlee added 27 after sustaining an injury in Game Two as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas moved one win away from clinching the Asean Basketball League (ABL) crown with a hard-earned 99-93 win over Mono Vampire Basketball Club in front of a raucous crowd at the Stadium 29 here.
Parks and Brownlee spearheaded their team’s attack in staving off repeated rallies by Mono Vampire to lift Alab Pilipinas to a 2-1 series lead on the road on Saturday.
With Parks and Brownlee leading the way in Saturday’s all-important finals match, Alab can seal the title on the road in Game Four on Monday at the Stadium 29.
Parks hit a triple that gave Alab a 93-86 lead, before hitting another jumper, his eighth straight point, that cooled off a Mono run and took the fight out of home squad as the Philippine team remained ahead, 95-90. Lawrence Domingo clinched the win with a reverse lay-up with 28 seconds left in the game.
“I’ve said a lot this season but I’m just really proud of these guys. They’ve been a resilient group the entire season. Tonight was just another opportunity to show that,” said San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag.
Coming off cramps in Game Two, Brownlee had a double-double as he also grabbed 12 rebounds in the contest.
Renaldo Balkman added 24 points and 16 rebounds for Alab, including a dunk that hiked their lead to nine before Parks hit a basket for the biggest lead of the game at 11 points, 85-74.
Michael Singletary had 29 points, while Samuel Deguara had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Mono, which will try to stave off elimination with a win in Game Four. Paul Zamar had 16 points, while Jason Brickman added 11 points and 12 assists in the contest.
Action was heated from the start with Zamar and Paolo Javelona exchanging words in the first quarter. Balkman was also elbowed by Chanachon Klahan, who was slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul on the play.
Mono led at the half, 50-48, and nursed a five-point lead, 65-60, after a Zamar basket, the biggest of the game for the Thailand-based squad.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas 99 - Parks 30, Brownlee 27, Balkman 24, Raymundo 5, Urbiztondo 5, Domingo 4, Javelona 2, Hontiveros 2, Alabanza 0.
Mono Vampire Basketball Club 93 - Singletary 29, Deguara 19, Zamar 16, Brickman 11, Chantachon 10, Apiromvilaichai 8, Sunthonsiri 0, Phuangla 0, Klahan 0.
Quarterscores: 22-20; 48-50; 75-67; 99-93.