The ASEAN Basketball League begins its second week of action with a match between two teams coming off opening game losses. The Singapore Slingers and Mono Vampire Basketball Club compete in Stadium 29 Bangkok City, eager to bounce back from disappointing defeats.
Gametime is set for 3:30PM local time in Stadium 29, Bangkok City, Thailand.
This match is also a rematch of last year’s Quarterfinals matchup, where Mono Vampire swept the Slingers in two games to advance to the Semifinals.
Heading into the season, Mono Vampire made the decision to go with three world imports that were in the guard and forward position. Without Sam Deguara in the middle, Mono Vampire struggled to contain the Black Bears’ frontcourt. The Black Bears attacked the paint relentlessly in the second half, hence dealing Mono Vampire their first home loss of the season, 106-100.
Mono Vampire was led by returning World Import Mike Singletary, who tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds in the loss. Thai-American Moses Morgan had a great debut game for Mono Vampire, as he burned the nets for 5 triples against the Black Bears en route to 20 points. Though Morgan has to play out of position at times, his ability to space the floor will definitely come in handy for Mono Vampire throughout the season.
The Slingers were also unable to defend their homecourt, falling to the revamped Formosa Dreamers 77-73. A clutch basket by William Artino stymied the rally of the Slingers down the stretch, leading to the disappointing finish inside the OCBC Arena.
The Slingers debuted two new world imports in Jerran Young and John Fields against the Dreamers, and they proved to be effective around the rim. However the Slingers’ old problems from beyond the arc reared its ugly head, as they only made a total two triples in the contest. The Slingers also need more from their bench, as they were only able to churn out three total points.
Though it was a tight finish in both matches, Mono Vampire and the Slingers played catchup for majority of the matches. Both teams are also featuring new sets of imports, which could explain the slow start in their opening games. Nevertheless, the veteran squads should be much better now that they have more time together. Which squad will be able to bounce back?