The top of the ASEAN Basketball League is getting more crowded.
And San Miguel Alab Pilipinas wants to make the race to the top more interesting.
The Filipino club tries to inch closer toward a top-2 seed when it takes on Mono Vampire at Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Coach Jimmy Alapag and co., winners of 5 straight, are favored over the visitors from Thailand, owing to their 114-87 shellacking of Mono Vampire in Bangkok last month.
As league leaders Hong Kong Eastern (9-2) and Chong Son Kung Fu (7-2) start to skid, Alab, returning home after a 3-game road trip, is hitting its stride.
In its last game — an 82-69 win over Singapore Slingers — Alab saw its scoring distributed evenly, unlike in most games which saw Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman taking a lion’s share of the offense.
Balkman (21 points) and Brownlee (16 points) got ample help from Josh Urbiztondo (17 points, 5 3-pointers) and Ray Parks Jr. (16 points) in a crucial road win.
Alab, which looks like it’s jelling now, is at 8-4 in the standings, having won 8 of its last 9 games after a 0-3 start. From the bottom of the pile, Alab is now a game and a half behind first-place Hong Kong.
Third place Mono Vampire (8-4) enters Wednesday’s game on a 3-game winning streak, its last game though was 2 weeks ago, a 93-85 win over last place Formosa Dreamers (1-12).
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