The last time Mono Vampire joined the ASEAN Basketball League, they used it to get their feet wet test themselves against high-quality opposition. After stepping away for one season, the Thai ballers are now ready for more.
Their rookie year in the ABL did not pan out as well as Mono Vampire hoped but they’ve developed so much during their absence that there are people tabbing them as a possible playoff contender from being the first team to be eliminated two seasons ago.
Their sixth place finish in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup was a great way to build for the new season as they scored victories from teams from Palestine and Chinese Taipei. However, they will be without erstwhile import Michael Singletary.
However, they will still make the guy responsible for making everything run as they retained the services of Filipino-American Jason Brickman, the 2015-16 Finals MVP. Brickman, who played for the Westports Malaysia Dragons two seasons ago, is an expert in making his teammates better. He finds then in perfect spots and that is the main strength of this Thai team.
Brickman will be teaming up once more with the wide-bodied Reggie Johnson who was also a part of the champion Dragons squad. The former World import MVP is raring to reclaim his old throne and terrorize frontcourts once again the the region.
So fill Singletary’s spot, Mono Vampire hired Patrick Sanders, a 6-foot-6 veteran who also has vast international basketball experience. After playing for the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League back in 2008 where he recorded a career high of 43 points, Sanders had stops in Holland, Latvia, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Japan, and Argentina. He will provide a constant scoring threat for Mono Vampire.
Filipino guard Paul Zamar is their other Heritage import but the team is also loaded with a fine group of Thai ballers led by the scoring machine Chitchai Ananti. Ratdech Kruatiwa provides them with a capable threat from the three-point range, Teerawat Chanatchon gives them a solid local big man, and Darongpan Apiromwilaichai and Chanachaon Klahan give then veteran leadership and toughness.
From minnows in their rookie year, the Mono Vampire are out to prove that their investment in Thai basketball has already started bearing fruit.
Mono Vampire Basketball Club 2017-2018 Opening Day Roster
|Jersey No.||NAME on TV||Player Category||Height||Date of Birth||Weight|
|3||Ratdech Kruatiwa||Local||6’3″||18-May-85||179 lbs|
|5||Jason Brickman||Heritage Import||5’9″||19-Nov-91||165 lbs|
|6||Patrick Sanders||World Import||6’7″||27-Aug-85||214 lbs|
|8||Paul Zamar||Heritage Import||5’11”||20-Oct-87||179 lbs|
|9||Pairach Sekteera||Local||6’2″||09-Jul-87||174 lbs|
|12||Sirapong Boonyhai||Local||6’0″||12-Jan-89||176 lbs|
|38||Arnat Phuangla||Local||6’4″||16-Jul-96||183 lbs|
|42||Reggie Johnson||World Import||6’10”||16-Dec-89||315 lbs|
|65||Teerawat Chantachon||Local||6’3″||23-Apr-95||220 lbs|
|67||Nattipong Srikote||Local||6’2″||06-Jun-96||163 lbs|
|69||Darongpan Apiromwilaichai||Local||6’0″||04-Mar-85||181 lbs|
|77||Chitchai Ananti||Local||5’11”||26-Jun-90||143 lbs|
|91||Chanachon Klahan||Local||6’2″||03-Feb-84||188 lbs|
|99||Kannut Samerjai||Local||5’11”||17-Oct-88||165 lbs|