By Jonas Terrado
Justin Brownlee is out to atone for missing his scheduled debut the last time as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas plays host to the Saigon Heat in the ASEAN Basketball League at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.
Alab is eager to bounce back from Wednesday’s 92-80 road loss to the Kuala Lumpur Dragons and keep its firm grip on second spot in the 7:30 p.m. match with the last place Heat.
The midweek defeat to the Dragons was supposed to be the debut of Brownlee, who to make the trip after missing his flight.
Expect Brownlee to be eager to make up for that absence and help Alab launch a late surge amid a seesaw campaign.
Coach Jimmy Alapag’s team is in second place at 9-6, but won half of its last 10 games.
Alab nearly lost its last meeting with Saigon at the same venue when its 23-point lead was reduced to four late before hanging for an 82-75 win.
Consistent plays from imports Nick King and Sam Deguara and locals Jason Brickman, Jeremiah Gray and Jordan Heading will give Alab a strong chance to repeat over the Vietnamese side sitting at the bottom of the standings with a 3-10 record.