With a 90-80 victory in the ASEAN Basketball League Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre, Singapore spoiled Alab Pilipinas’ return to home.
The Slingers, stopped Alab’s 2-game winning streak. They also avenged their 89-80 loss in Singapore, while also improving to 4-5.
The game took a controversial turn when Xavier Alexander escaped with a traveling violation before he hit a jumper with 2:02 left in the game that gave Singapore an 84-76 lead.
Alexander’s late travel drew the ire of Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag who went at it with the game officials before getting called with the technical foul 1:52 remaining in the game.
AJ Mandani then extinguished Alab’s fire with a corner triple off Mitchell Folkoff with 1:02 left in the game that gave Singapore an 88-76 lead.
Singapore enjoyed a three-pronged attack from Chris Charles, Mandani, and Alexander who all had at least 20 points to lead the Slingers.
Charles finished with a game-high 29 points with 15 rebounds while Mandani added 23 points.
Alexander almost completed a triple-double with 20 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, with five steals.
Renaldo Balkman led Alab with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks while Justin Brownlee had a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Alab Pilipinas is now standing at 3-5 despite support from the home crowd.