Khalif Wyatt was not letting San Miguel Alab Pilipinas begin its campaign in the Asean Basketball League this season with back-to-back losses.
The American reinforcement came through when it mattered most, carrying the Filipinos from a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes of regulation all the way to a 114-110 come-from-behind overtime win over home team Wolf Warriors in Foshan city, China, Wednesday.
Wyatt scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to go with seven assists and six rebounds, and Jason Brickman contributed 14 points, 12 assists, and seven boards as Alab got going following a season-opening loss.
It didn’t look like Alab would pull off the win in the last five minutes of regulation as the Filipino squad found itself trailing 85-75 before Jordan Heading energized his teammates into forcing overtime.
In the extra period, Alab was yet again chasing a three-point deficit, 103-100, before Wyatt’s triples bookended a 10-2 run that put Alab ahead, 110-105, with less than two minutes left.
Douglas Herring and Steven Thomas pulled the home team within two, 112-110, before Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser and Brickman completed the comeback with a chasedown block and a high looper, respectively.
SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 114 - Heading 27, Wyatt 24, King 18, Brickman 14, Gray 12, Vigil 7, Forbes 5, Rosser 5, Domingo 2.
WOLF WARRIORS 110 - Boyd 38, Cai 22, Herring 19, Thomas 19, Shentu 10, King 2, Yan 0, Liu 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 30-20, 53-45, 65-74, 96-96, 114-110.
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