In a shootout between two offensive juggernauts, the Mono Vampire Basketball Club outlasted the Saigon Heat in overtime, 116-104, on Thursday night at Stadium 29, in Bangkok.
Patrick Sanders lifted his team with 29 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists. He also contributed on the defensive end with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Jason Brickman was equally superb with his 21 points and 9 assists.
Mono was able to get their revenge after falling short against the Heat on the road last Sunday, losing 110-94.
On Thursday, the Vampires shot the lights out as they reached 116 points, four points short of the ABL scoring record set by the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team. Six players scored in double-figures for Mono spearheaded by Sanders and Brickman. It was a total team effort for Mono, who was missing their star World Import Reggie Johnson due to personal reasons.
The home team simply overwhelmed the Heat in the extra session, outscoring them 17-5 after a 99-99 deadlock at the end of regulation. Back-to-back lay-ups by Darongpan Apiromvilaichai made it a six-point game, 108-102. Ratdech Kruatiwa provided the exclamation point as he buried a cold-blooded three-pointer with 2:23 left in the game.
The Heat struggled in overtime with the loss of David Arnold and Akeem Scott. The two fouled out in the dying minutes of the fourth which led to the offensive woes by the Heat after regulation.
Scott settled for 27 points after his 37-point explosion the last game. He also pulled down 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Arnold meanwhile caught fire in the first half, scoring 14 quick points. The Heat veteran ended up with 19 points, including 5 three-pointers before fouling out.
The Heat leaned on their perimeter shooting during Thursday’s contest. After tying an ABL record 17 three’s in their previous game, they knocked down 14-for-33 this time around. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to control the paint, giving away 60 points in the paint for Mono.
Mono improves to 4-3 in the standings while the Heat settle for a 1-2 card.