After a two-week break, the Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club will try to bounce back from suffering their third loss of season as they head to the lair of the Mono Vampire Basketball Club in Bangkok.
At 9-3, getting one of the top two spots isn’t a guarantee yet for the Kung Fu as they’ll need to take care of business from here on out or risk losing a spot they’ve held since the start of the season. Mono Vampire is one of the teams that could threaten for that second spot along with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas.
The Bangkok-based squad could really propel themselves in the chase to the straight to the semis tickets up for grabs in the elimination round if they score a win against Kung Fu.
Mono Vampire is coming off a too-close-for-comfort win against the CLS Knights Indonesia in their last game where they were once again led by the overall brilliance of Mike Singletary. Heritage Import Paul Zamar was hot from the field with 21 points but it was the passing of Jason Brickman that gave them the edge.
Even if the Filipino-American only had 8 points, he dished out 15 assists in the game.
One of the key matchups is the game will be the gigantic duel in the middle featuring Sam Deguara and Justin Howard as the two are averaging very similar numbers.
Deguara norms 21.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game and converts on 64% of his shots. Howard, on the other end, averages 21.8 points, 15.8 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks and shoots 58% from the field.
While Kung Fu features a solid lineup of Heritage and World Imports, Mono Vampire must go into this match confident that their locals can overpower their Chinese counterparts. Even if Anthony Tucker, Caelan Tiongson, and Mikh McKinney produce their usual numbers, these can be negated if Thai locals such as Terrawat Chanthachon, Chitchai Ananti, and Chanachon Klahan produce for Mono Vampire.