MANILA, Philippines – Since Justin Brownlee is still unavailable, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas has suffered a heavy defeat on the road and faced K uala Lumpur Dragons, 80-92, on Wednesday night in the ABL season 10 bowed in the MABA stadium.
Brownlee's absence meant that Alab only had two imports for the match in Sam Deguara and Nick King. But even when coach Jimmy Alapag gathered his players to move up in Brownlee's absence, Alab tried to get going and dropped his second game on KL and the sixth game overall.
"We are happy to have Justin, but he will only come to Manila for our next game," said Alapag, without stating the reason for the absence of the acclaimed import.
"This is just an opportunity for our other players to improve," Alapag added before the game.
Unfortunately for Alab, KL shot all cylinders in the first quarter and built up a two-digit lead, which was expanded to 28 points in the second half. Nick King led Alab by 28 points, but 17 came last quarter when the outcome was already clear.
The 7-foot-5 deguara also found it difficult to make its presence felt by counting only four points.
Alab remained in second place with a 9: 6 record, but lost two games behind Mono Vampire from Thailand, who previously had an 87:77 win over Singapore Slingers at home.
KUALA LUMPUR 92 – Artino 29, Davis 26, Bell 11, Lepichev 11, Ting 7, Chin 4, Tem 3, Loh 1, Wong 0, Tan 0, Sim 0
SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 80 – King 28, heading 26, Domingo 6, Caracut 5, Brickman 4, Deguara 4, Vigil 3, Gray 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Rangel 0
Quarterly results: 23-12, 46-32, 77-55, 92-80
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