Mono forges decider

first_imgMono’s 7-foot-5 pillar Samuel Deguara (top), denies Renaldo Balkman as Teerawat Chanthachon prepares to give help. —ABL PHOTOBANGKOK —Paul Zamar never imagined being in this moment more than a year ago when he signed for Mono Vampire.Hardly getting attention from PBA teams back home, the former University of the East stalwart found himself playing for the Thai powerhouse in a stadium in the outskirts of Bangkok with his team protecting a three-point cushion against a San Miguel Alab Pilipinas side looking to clinch the Asean Basketball League crown.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Coming into the clutch, our team effort gave me the opportunity to make a play,” Zamar said. “We were right there trading blows [with Alab]. It was more of relief that I made it.”Even Alab coach Jimmy Alapag raved at Zamar’s basket, the impact of which was almost similar to the one that Ray Parks made over Zamar late in the Filipinos’ 99-93 win in Game 3.“That was a big shot similar to Ray’s the other night,” said Alapag, who was left to rue his team’s sloppiness that resulted in 26 turnovers.Still, Alapag feels they have achieved their mission in the Thai capital by getting a split and taking the series back home for what could be an explosive decider at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna on Wednesday night.Parks finished with 21 points, while Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman had 18 points each for Alab, which played catchup for most of the game following a flat start that saw them commit 19 turnovers in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Imports key to PSL Finals With the shot clock winding down, Zamar took two dribbles before knocking in a floater that sealed Mono’s 88-83 victory over Alab Monday night that sent the best-of-five Finals into a winner-take game.“I was not thinking that I was playing against the Philippines, because our season was on the line,” said the 30-year-old Zamar. “It was a relief that I made that shot especially because I was struggling the whole game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I didn’t look at it as redemption but as survival,” he went on.Our season was on the line. It wasn’t easy, and we had to find other ways to win.”The 5-foot-11 Zamar finished with 11 points on a mediocre 4-of-12 shooting, but his gutsy drive and that dagger floater gave Mono a lifeline in a series that has turned out to be a dogfight in the first four games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img

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