ABL10: 🏀KL Dragons 91 – 63 Alab Pilipinas🏀
We broke our three game losing streak with a resounding 91-63 home win over San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, leading from start to finish.
We started the game in excellent form from beyond the arc as Cade Davis and Simeon Lepichev combined for three straight threes.
Despite Amir Bell and Simeon Lepichev facing foul trouble in the first quarter, we were still able to build a double digit lead through a pair of Kuek Tian Yuan free throws. We took the double digit lead all the way to the end of the quarter with a 24-14 lead.
A Cade Davis three to start the second quarter set the tone as we kept the Filipinos at bay with a double digit lead for most of the quarter.
Jordan Heading went on a five point scoring run for the visitors late in the quarter to make it a ten point game before a Will Artino Kobe-esque fadeaway jumper made sure we entered the break with a 43-31 lead.
Coming out of the break, an Amir Bell three pointer kept our momentum going. It was a stellar third quarter for us as our defense kept them at bay while we kept our offense on point. Another Bell three pointer pushed the lead to 22 with three minutes remaining. The lead remained at 22 going into the final quarter as we held Alab to their second quarter with less than 15 points.
A Prince Williams three pointer after a push off on Chin Cheng Wah got the visitors going early in the fourth quarter. Undeterred, Cheng Wah replied with a three of his own to make sure the game remained firmly in our hands.
We didn’t allow Alab to get closer than 22 for the rest of the game as we sailed to a 91-63 win, giving us our first over 20 point winning margin game in three years.
It was an overall solid effort from our team on both ends of the floor as we finished with 49% shooting and held Alab to well below their season average scoring of 90 points per game.
Our top performer for the game was Will Artino with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Captain Kuek Tian Yuan also logged in a great performance with 16 points and 7 rebounds while Cade Davis and Amir Bell both chipped in 14 points.
After the game, Head Coach Jamie Pearlman said, “We played our best game at executing both ends of the floor and I felt we were really disciplined on offense. One of the most pleasing things for me tonight was John Wong coming in and doing a terrific job running the team in place of Amir who was struggling with a hurt shoulder and foul trouble. It was really awesome as well seeing Kuek bang in those threes with such a high arc. Those kinds of plays really gave the team a whole lot of momentum that we really thrived from.”
We continue our home stand on the 7th of February 2020 against the Saigon Heat. The team from Vietnam are struggling at the moment with a 2-9 record, but managed to put up encouraging performances in their last two games against Mono Vampire and the Formosa Dreamers.
Since our previous meeting, the Heat have reshuffled their import line up, bringing in former Brooklyn Nets guard, Tyshawn Taylor and former Mono Vampire center, Malcolm White, replacing Gary Forbes and Christian Charles.
Fans can catch the game on ASEAN Basketball League’s social media pages and Astro Arena.