KHALIF Wyatt once again saved San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the clutch, helping the home side put away a 90-83 victory over the Singapore Slingers in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.
The former Temple standout drilled in five three-pointers and scored 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, where the Philippine side erupted for 40 points to post back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
With Wyatt waxing hot, Alab crawled back from a 65-55 deficit in the final 8:01 and used a 16-2 blast to grab a 71-67 lead with 4:40 to play.
Singapore's Marcus Elliott tied the game at 74-all in the last 3:11, but the Filipinos responded with another 12-5 assault, capped off by a Jordan Heading layup with 28 seconds left, to put the game away, 86-79.
Wyatt sizzled with his 7-of-9 shooting from deep, to go with his six rebounds and four assists as the Jimmy Alapag-coached squad improved to 2-1.
Maltese big man Sam Deguara also bucked early foul trouble and churned out 12 points, 11 boards, and two blocks in his Alab debut.
Nick King added 10 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists, Heading produced 10, and Jason Brickman contributed nine points, 11 dimes, and three boards.
Alab continues their homestand on Tuesday when they seek revenge against the unbeaten Mono Vampire (3-0) at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, as bruising center Anthony McClain had 25 points, 12 boards, and five blocks in the Slingers' season opener.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas 90 - Wyatt 28, Deguara 12, King 10, Heading 10, Brickman 9, Ganuelas-Rosser 9, Vigil 7, Gray 3, Domingo 2, Caracut 0.
SINGAPORE SLINGERS 83 - Alexander 26, McClain 25, Goh 12, Elliott 11, Lim 6, Kwek 3, Raj 0, Oh 0.
Quarters: 12-16, 35-36, 50-59, 90-83.