Marcus Marshall just had the best debut in the ASEAN Basketball League.
In a double overtime thriller, Marshall powered the Westports Malaysia Dragons with 60 points, an ABL scoring record, to a 116-112 win in double overtime over the Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Saturday at Stadium 29 in Thailand.
Marshall was beyond hot, shooting an efficient 21-for-40 from the field. He also knocked down five three-pointers and went 13-for-14 from the line. Marshall’s scoring output is the highest by anyone in the league since Justin Howard’s 45 points for the Singapore Slingers.
The Dragons needed every single point of Marshall as the game went into two overtime periods to determine a winner.
Reggie Johnson created the first deadlock at 80-80 in regulation after he made a jumper with a minute remaining. The two teams tried to make home run plays in dying seconds but missed on their attempts.
In the first extra period, Paul Zamar proved to be the savior for the Mono Vampire. Down 95-92, Zamar drilled a gutsy three-pointer with 10 seconds left to force the second extra period. Marshall tried to go for the win but missed on his three-point shot.
In the last five minutes of the game, the Dragons merely managed to create enough separation from the gritty Mono squad with their clutch free throws.
Aside from Marshall, Ivan Yeo was the lone Dragon who notched double-figures with 14 points.
As for the Vampires, Johnson powered his way to 35 points and 16 rebounds in the losing effort. Patrick Sanders also had a double-double outing of 21 points and 17 boards.
The Dragons were without World Import Solomon Jones who had to go back to the United States for personal reasons. Fortunately, Marshall unleashed a herculean effort to get their first win of the season.
Marshall and the Dragons hope to continue their winning ways when they take on the Chong Son Kung Fu Basketball Club on November 29 back home at MABA Stadium. On the other hand, Mono Vampire BC will lick its wounds and try to outdo the visiting CLS Knights, also on the 29th.