Jimmy Alapag, coach of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, said nothing against the last team of season 10 of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Sunday evening after his squad averted a fourth-quarter collapse.
"We should lose tonight," a relieved Alapag told reporters after Alab left the Santa Rosa Sports Complex with a 82-75 victory over Saigon Heat for the ninth time in 14 games.
“Nobody on our side played well in the second half. Saigon outperformed us with just one import, and we are lucky to have gotten away with the win. “In the second half, Alab almost wasted a lead of 23 points when Saigon had returned to four points (75-79) with 40 points. Sam Thompson's seconds remain with two fouls.
Sam Deguaras Dunk with 34 seconds remaining restored order to Alab, who is now in second place behind Mono Vampire from Thailand.
"This was the story of our season at that time," said Alapag. “We just can't keep playing at a high level. We cannot go up and down because you will lose to the good teams in the league. The big teams find a way to be consistent. "
Alapag said they are still open to the option of getting Justin Brownlee back for another business trip. Nick King ended up with 26 points for Alab, but another reinforcement, Prince Williams, ended up with only two points.
"We need to discuss it," said Alapag when Brownlee returned. "I need to ask management about its availability."
King and Jeremiah Gray made a fiery start for Alab. King returned from a below-average defeat against Kuala Lumpur Dragons last Tuesday, pouring 20 of his 26 points in the first half, while his import colleague Deguara finished 15 points.
King also grabbed 12 boards and got four steals, while Jason Brickman graduated with a game high with 14 assists.
Gray also scored 13 points, including seven in the first quarter when Alab took a two-digit lead for the first time with a 21:10 lead over Jordan Heading's three point.
The lead rose to 23 when Gray scored from 6:01 to 6:01 and Alab secured a 60:37 lead. INQ
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