Balkman, Brownlee link up for winning play as Alab holds off gritty Mono Vampire
Renaldo Balkman works hard to keep 7-5 Samuel Deguara away from the goal. Jerome Ascano

BALIUAG, Bulacan - Renaldo Balkman had 31 points and 13 rebounds including the go-ahead lay-up with 3.8 seconds left as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas won its sixth straight game, 86-84, at the expense of Thai club Mono Vampire on Wednesday night.

Balkman scored on a lay-up off a feed by Justin Brownlee to break the game's last deadlock before Brownlee made the block against Mono's Mike Singletary to preserve the win fashioned out before a big crowd at the Baliuag Star Arena.

Alab moved up to third place in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) standings with a 9-4 (win-loss) record leapfrogging Mono Vampire, which slipped to fourth with a 9-5 slate.

Balkman also did a good job guarding Mono's 7-foot-5 import Samuel Deguara, who was also saddled with foul trouble in the game.

Brownlee finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, four steals, and five blocks for Alab, which trailed Mono Vampire at the half, 40-38, and didn't take control until an 8-1 run capped by a triple by Oping Sumalinog, 68-60.

Mono came right back as a deuce by Teerawat Chanthachon handed the Thai squad a 77-75 lead. Balkman scored four of Alab's next six points before Josh Urbiztondo fired a triple that put Alab in front by five, 84-79.

However, Singletary tied the game at 84-all before Balkman came up with the huge bucket in the end.

Ray Parks had 10 points and four assists including a lob that led to a slam by Lawrence Domingo that highlighted the third canto.

Deguara had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Mono Vampire while Singletary had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Paul Zamar had 12 points and six rebounds in his ABL debut in the Philippines.

The scores:

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas 86 - Balkman 31, Brownlee 16, Parks 10, Urbiztondo 8, Sumalinog 8, Domingo 6, Raymundo 4, Maierhofer 3, Alabanza 0, Javelona 0, Hontiveros 0.

Mono Vampire Basketball Club 84 - Deguara 21, Singletary 19, Zamar 12, Brickman 11, Kruatiwa 9, Ananti 7, Chanthachon 5, Klahan 0.

Quarterscores: 22-18; 38-40; 68-60; 86-84

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