After facing off just last Sunday, December 17, the Mono Vampire Basketball Club and Saigon Heat go at it once again this Thursday, December 21. This time, it will be in the backyard of Mono at Stadium 29, in Bangkok.
The Heat defeated Mono, 110-94, in their first meeting as Akeem Scott was the man of the hour, erupting for 37 points in the victory. Scott also tallied 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The Heat went to town in the perimeter, hitting 17 triples, tying an ABL record for most number of three’s. The feat is now achieved by three teams including the Heat – Mono Vampire and the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team.
It was the second period when Scott first caught fire, leading his team to a 32-21 scoring advantage in that stretch. Amazingly, the World Import only missed four attempts from the field. He was 7-for-8 from two-point range, and 6-for-9 from downtown.
Mono failed to get into any kind of rhythm with their World Import Reggie Johnson hampered by foul trouble. The former World Import MVP only managed to put up six shot attempts in the game to finish with 7 points alongside 14 rebounds. Worse, he also committed 10 turnovers in the loss.
Aside from Scott, Saigon also got big games from their three other imports. Travele Jones filled up the stats sheet with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. A healthy Moses Morgan regained his form, going for 26 points, including five triples. The veteran David Arnold also provided steady minutes with his 23-point, 8-rebound outing.
For Mono, Paul Zamar ended up as the leading scorer with 16 points. Jason Brickman and Patrick Sanders added a combined 29 points. Mono also committed 23 turnovers, which led to 31 points for their opponent.
Dating back to their first season in the ABL, the Mono Vampire Basketball Club have yet to be able to log a win over the Saigon Heat so this game is a win they truly desire, after crossing both Westports Malaysia Dragons and Singapore Slingers off their list earlier. The Heat are gunning for their second straight win.