The Mono Vampire Basketball Club needed their entire just to fend off two red hot players from the Westports Malaysia Dragons. But even then, it was barely enough.
Playing for the opportunity to barge into the Semis outright with a top 2 finish, Mono Vampire Basketball Club withstood an incredible offensive display from Dragons imports Joshua Munzon and Chris Eversley, winning 108-102 in their regular season finale inside the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur
Mono Vampire’s spread out offense was the exact opposite to the Dragons’ pointed scoring, as Munzon recorded a new career high 43 points on 14/22 shooting. He also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the amazing offensive performance. The Filipino-American Heritage Import was all over the floor, attacking relentlessly despite the size advantage of the big men of Mono Vampire. Munzon’s three steals also ignited the Dragons’ attack, giving them opportunities to score in transition.
The visiting team were led by Sam Deguara, who tallied a double-double of 29 points, 16 rebounds to go along with 4 blocked shots. Jason Brickman was a maestro for Mono Vampire once again, as he distributed 16 assists to go along with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.
The only other Dragon to get it going was Eversley, who had 34 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss. The two combined for 75% of the team’s total output.
Playing behind Mono Vampire for most of the game, the Dragons would make one final run in the final period, down 99-92 with 3:32 remaining after a basket by Deguara. Kuek TiN Yuan and Eversley made two straight triples to trim down the deficit to only 1 point with 2:44 ticks left in the game.
Sensing the momentum shifting towards the Dragons, Mono Vampire went to their strength, which was their muscle in the middle. Deguara and Mike Singletary combined to score six unanswered points off baskets inside the shaded area. A layup by Munzon with 44 seconds remaining would keep the Dragons within striking distance before Heritage Import Paul Zamar took care of business with two free throws to ice the game.
Singletary scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and 3 assists for Mono Vampire, while Paul Zamar had 22 points of his own. Mono Vampire overwhelmed the Dragons in the paint, as they had 70 in that area compared to only 46 for the home team.
With the win, Mono Vampire ends the regular season with a 14-6 slate. They will now await the results of the final games of Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team, Chon Son Kung Fu and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas before knowing their position heading into the Playoffs.
The Dragons drop to 5-14 at 8th place below CLS Knights due to a tiebreaker. Their season finale will be in the MABA Stadium against the defending champions Hong Kong Eastern on March 25.