Armed with precise shooting and supreme confidence, the Mono Vampire Basketball Club tied an ABL record for most number of three-pointers to come away with a convincing 107-90 win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons on Saturday, at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.
“The players stepped up and played so well. I’m really happy we picked it up in the second half,” Thailand coach Douglas Marty said.
Mono hit 17 triples, tying the record set by the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team last season. They shot 51 percent from the field as they were wax hot from the perimeter.
Patrick Sanders led the way for Mono with 25 points, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. The energetic forward contributed five shots from downtown as well.
“We played together. We had six guys in double-figures,” Sanders shared. “Hopefully we can’t continue it the next game.”
Mono had healthy contributions from across the board. Jason Brickman tallied 15 points and 11 dimes against his former team while fellow ex-Dragon Reggie Johnson muscled his way with a 17-point, 13-rebound performance. Paul Zamar was instrumental in the second half for his team, torching their opponent with an array of offensive moves. The Filipino import finished with 16 points.
The locals played exceptional as well as Teerawat Chanthachon chipped in with 10 points and Darongpan Apiromvilaichai netted 10.
Mono built a lead as high as 19 points but the Dragons didn’t want to go down without a fight in front of their home fans. They were able to cut the deficit to just five points with 5:31 remaining in the game courtesy of a three-point bomb by Kuek Tian Yuan. Unfortunately, they would run out of steam before being able to complete the comeback. Mono created enough separation once again thanks to their perimeter shots.
The Dragons were without Marcus Marshall due to a hamstring injury. The last time these two teams met, they needed two overtime periods to settle the score. In that thrilling encounter, Marshall exploded for 60 points, an ABL scoring record.
With Marshall sidelined, Ting Chung Hong stepped up with 20 points and Patrick Cabahug added 18 in the losing effort.
Mono will be gunning for their third win of the season when they take on the Singapore Slingers next.
“That’s the work ahead. I have seen them play a little. I have to see them on film,” coach Marty said about their next opponent. “We have to be more consistent for 40 minutes. Hopefully we’ll have a good game at home.”