CITY OF SANTA ROSA - Joshua Munzon took the life out of Alab Pilipinas in overtime to lift the Westports Malaysia Dragons to a 101-91 victory on Sunday night in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) at the brand-new Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex here.
The Fil-American guard had 25 points along with seven steals while playing his best in the extra period after Malaysia import Skylar Spencer fouled out to lift the last-place Dragons to a big victory on the road.
The Dragons improved to 4-13.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. scored 27 points while Robby Celiz had 13 points as the two helped Alab Pilipinas recover from a 10-point deficit with 1:44 left in regulation, only to fall apart again in overtime.
Although Alab remained in third place, the Philippine side fell to 9-7 after falling for the second time in their past three games.
Munzon's heroics came as a dampener on a special day that started with the brand-new venue being blessed in the morning before hosting an ABL match in the evening.
In the end, Munzon was rewarded with his first victory in the Philippines.
Westports Malaysia Dragons (101) - Munzon 25, Spencer 17, Kuek 13, Choo 13, Wong 12, Ting 3, Ma 0, Rosli 0.
Alab Pilipinas (91) - Parks 27, Celiz 13, Carter 12, Cawaling 11, Acuna 9, Fortuna 8, Hubalde 5, Domingo 3, Hughes 3, Knuttel 0.
Quarterscores: 16-23, 38-38, 60-60, 84-84, 101-91.