Two familiar foes on opposite ends of the team standings battle this Wednesday in Thailand as the Mono Vampire Basketball Club take on the Saigon Heat.
The Mono Vampire are second-to-last in the team standings with a 2-10 record. They’ve lost back-to-back games, including a disappointing overtime finish against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. Michael Singletary poured in 36 points and 11 rebounds but it was not enough to carry his team to a victory against the defending champions.
On the other hand, the streaking Saigon Heat have won their last three games and are now in second place with a 9-4 record. In their gutsy win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons, Khoa Tran delivered with 22 points and five rebounds. It was the first time this season that a local led the Heat in scoring.
The battle between Mono and Saigon will feature the matchup between two of the league’s best point guards in Jason Brickman and Trevon Hughes. These two guards have contrasting styles and it’ll be interesting to see how each one guards the other.
Brickman, who averages 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists, is more of a facilitator and remains an elite playmaker for his squad. As much as he can rack up points, it’s his ability to find guys like Michael Singletary and Malcolm White in prime scoring opportunities that make him difficult to guard. For the Heat, Hughes is a relentless finisher who can score in bunches. He’s putting up 24.2 points, alongside 7.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists. These two stars can dictate the flow of the offense for their respective teams.
The Heat go for four in a row while Mono is looking for the upset.