The streak continues for the Westports Malaysia Dragons, defeating the Mono Vampire Basketball Club 94-86 in Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
It was a well-rounded effort for the Dragons, with four players scoring in double digits to spread the wealth on offense. Winston Shepard led the way with a masterful triple-double performance of 32 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Shepard and the Dragons were at their best in the third quarter, with a big defensive effort that limited Mono Vampire to only 12 points while scoring 23 of their own. They trailed by eight points after a shot by Mike Singletary made it 57-49 at the 7:02 mark of the third period. But the Dragons limited Mono Vampire to only four points for the duration of the quarter, while scoring 19 points of their own in that stretch. When the quarter ended, the Dragons flipped the script and made it a 68-61 advantage in their favor.
Mono Vampire got to within one point in several instances at the start of the fourth, as Singletary looked to restore order for his squad. His shot at the 5:37 mark made it 74-73, with Malaysia hanging on to a precarious one point lead. However the Dragons responded with a game breaking 10-0 run highlighted by Chris Eversley’s baskets and a booming triple from Chin Cheng that put the game away for good, allowing the Dragons to cruise to the victory.
Everlsey and Loh Shee Fai scored 19 points each for Malaysia. Shee Fai continued his hot shooting streak, as he made 5/6 triples for 83% from beyond the arc.
Mono Vampire was led by Mike Singletary, who topscored with 34 points in the losing cause. Malcolm White finished with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Jason Brickman added 7 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists.
Malaysia’s third straight victory vaults the Dragon into third place in the standings at 5-3, while Mono Vampire falls to 2-9 in 9th place. The Dragons will look to keep their streak going on January 20 as they travel to Vietnam to visit the Saigon Heat. Mono Vampire on the other hand will tangle with the defending champions San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in a rematch of last year’s Finals showdown. That will be on January 20.