Two teams will stake their two-game winning streaks against each other as the Mono Vampire Basketball Club return from picking up a victory in Malaysia while the Singapore Slingers hope to get another road victory in Thailand after beating Tanduay Alab in the Philippines.
Mono Vampire has showed their offensive prowess in their first three games of the season. With Reggie Johnson manning the middle, his teammates have the confidence to hoist up as many three-point shots as they want. In their last game, they tied a league record with 17 triples made against an undermanned Westports Malaysia squad.
As a result of Johnson’s dominance inside, Paul Zamar and Patrick Sanders both have the green light to shoot from the outside and they’ve taken full advantage of it. Jason Brickman continues to be the key to the system as he leads the team in assists with 8.3 per game.
Singapore on the other end shocked the Filipino fans as they shut down Tanduay Alab Pilipinas in the fourth period. A huge third-quarter run by the Philippine team enabled them to get within a single point of the Slingers but Singapore’s defense suffocated Alab’s offense and dealt them their second straight loss.
The Slingers knew that their bench was not as deep as that of Tanduay Alab’s so they stuck to their strength and relied solely on their starters to beat the Philippine team. It was a rare game where the winner had 0 points from the bench but their starters did well enough to compensate.
Xavier Alexander stuffed the stat sheet with a triple double and but it was his leadership that helped the Slingers score an important victory. He notched 27 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, and 4 steals in the game to be named the ABL’s World Import Player of the Week.
Ryan Wright showed that he is an able replacement for Justin Howard with 24 points and 18 rebounds against the Philippine squad. However, what truly turned the tide for Singapore was the performance of Ng Hanbin and Filipino-Canadian AJ Mandani. The two combined for 35 points including seven threes to punish Tanduay Alab’s defense.
It will be an interesting matchup between two teams who are aiming to challenge the league leaders as the ABL kicks off Week 4 action in Thailand.