With the ABL playoffs just around the corner, every game is critical especially if you’re the Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
The Thailand squad is currently ninth in the standings sporting a 6-14 record. They’ll continue to make a strong push towards a playoff berth when they go up against the 12-11 Hong Kong Eastern this Saturday at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Mono scored a very important road win at the expense of the Westports Malaysia Dragons last Wednesday. The victory moved them to within a half game of the Dragons who own the eighth spot at 6-13.
With Romeo Travis still injured, Michael Singletary stepped up big time for Mono against Malaysia. He poured in 27 points, making 10 of his 16 attempts from the field, while grabbing 12 rebounds. He logged in 38 minutes and was critical down the stretch versus the Dragons. The scoring forward continues to be his team’s leading scorer with 26 points per game and top rebounder with 10.6 a game.
Hong Kong meanwhile has lost its last two games and is hoping to get back on track. The Formosa Dreamers shot 17 3-pointers that left Eastern reeling. It also didn’t help that Hong Kong committed 17 turnovers. In the loss, Marcus Elliott put up a valiant effort of 34 points, five rebounds, and five assists. The former World Import MVP moved up to fourth place in the ABL all-time scoring list.
This Saturday also marks the return of former Mono reinforcement Sam Deguara to Thailand. The 7-foot-5 behemoth was instrumental in Mono’s finals run last season. This season with Hong Kong, he’s averaging 16.4 points per game as well as 13.7 rebounds. Deguara will go up against Malcolm White, who is coming off his worst game so far. He only had two points in 21 minutes in Thailand’s last outing.
As the Mono Vampire try to get as many wins as they can as the playoffs draw near, Hong Kong Eastern will look to get back on track with a win.