Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team and Mono Vampire Basketball Club target to begin the new year on the right track as they face off in the second ABL game of 2019. Game time is set for 8PM Southorn Stadium in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Eastern has had a lot of time to recover from a grueling stretch of games, the latest surviving the Singapore Slingers on the road in a double overtime contest. After a shaky start, Hong Kong Eastern begins the year with an even 4-4 card. As a result of the so-so beginning they decided to pull the trigger on a big chance to their lineup, replacing Eric Ferguson with O’Darien Bassett.
In a game that needed 50 minutes to decide, Hong Kong Eastern held strong with a 92-89 win after Singapore Slingers John Fields, Jerran Young and Delvin Goh all fouled out in the contest. It was basically a game of outlast the opponent, and Hong Kong was able to accomplish this led by Eric Ferguson’s stellar performance.
Despite solid numbers for Eric Ferguson, Hong Kong Eastern made the decision to go ahead and release the athletic World Import, going with the smaller ABL first timer O’Darien Bassett. The 32 year old guard will provide a steady presence for Hong Kong, as he looks to team up with Marcus Elliott to make a talented backcourt.
Mono Vampire’s inability to defend opponents has been an issue all season long, and it reared it’s ugly head again in the 87-76 loss to the Heat. They were unable to stop Saigon’s three point shooting from hurting them, and gave too many opportunities to the Heat from the charity stripe.
Without Charles to anchor the paint, Mike Singletary was forced to play outside his comfort zone once again. And as a result, he struggled to find his natural touch and shooting stroke en route to 23 points on 9/22 shooting from the field. Singletary is much more comfortable on the wings compared to the center position.
With Chris Charles in sickbay, Mono Vampire has decided to pull the trigger on a new face in Malcolm White to anchor the paint. White is a veteran of many international basketball leagues, and will provide an instant jolt to the interior scoring of Mono Vampire. Will White be the difference maker this season for Mono Vampire?
Mono Vampire has had a tough time getting their season on track, while Hong Kong Eastern is raring to find some consistency. Which team will find fortune in the new year?