Alab Pilipinas outduels Singapore Slingers in overtime for a morale-boosting road win
Lawrence Domingo goes for a drive against the Slingers. Jaime Campos

ALAB Pilipinas came up with the big plays down the clutch to pull off a 64-62 road win over the Singapore Slingers in overtime on Sunday in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) at the OCBC Arena.

Sampson Carter converted the go-ahead three-point play with 19 seconds to play in the extra session before Jens Knuttel made a crucial defensive stop by stripping the ball from Singapore's Leon Kwek in the final possession.

The tough stand in overtime saved the day for Alab after it blew a seven-point lead in regulation.

The win, its seventh in 11 games, also enabled the Philippine-based side to get back on track after a humiliating home loss to the Saigon Heat in Davao City last week.

James Hughes finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Lawrence Domingo added 13 points for Alab Pilipinas, which dealt Singapore only its fourth loss in 14 games.

Carter, meanwhile, had 10 points and 11 rebounds, capping his performance with the three-point play that sent the Filipino gallery into a frenzy.

Domingo's basket with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter gave Alab a 55-48 lead, but the team almost gave it away in the final stretch of regulation.

Singapore even had the chance to win it when Wong Wei Long was fouled by Jeric Fortuna with one second left regulation and Alab leading by a hairline, 55-54.

To Alab's relief, Wong could only split his free throws, setting the stage for overtime.

The scores:

Alab Pilipinas (64) - Hughes 14, Domingo 13, Carter 10, Parks 9, Celiz 7, Acuna 3, Fortuna 3, Cawaling 2, Mendoza 2, Knuttel 1, Gavieres 0, Hubalde 0.

Singapore (62) - Howard 28, Goh 10, Alexander 9, Ng 5, Wong 4, Kwek 4, Gardner 2, Oh 0.

Quarterscores: 12-18, 30-31, 42-43, 55-55, 64-62.

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