The Taipei Fubon Braves have cooled off after a hot start to their ABL stint as they have now lost their last three games. Unfortunately for the league’s newest team, things are bound to get tougher as they face off against the top team right now in Mono Vampire.
This will be the Braves’ third straight away game after picking up losses against the Singapore Slingers and the Kuala Lumpur Dragons. They have not been a great road team so far as they’ve only compiled a 3-5 win-loss record while they are a solid 6-2 at home.
Mono Vampire, on the other end, really enjoys playing at Stadium29 as they’ve only lost one game there.
With a record of 10-4, the Thai squad could pad to their advantage against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and the Formosa Dreamers if they add to the woes of the Braves.
Mono Vampire are coming off a tougher than expected 95-87 victory against Saigon Heat in their last game. Perhaps playing with a little too much confidence against the bottom team in the league so far, the Thai squad looked out of sorts but found a way to pull through as they banked on the Heat’s mistakes.
Tyler Lamb once again showed that it does not matter what role he plays, may it be as a starter or the sixth man. One of the leading candidates for Local – MVP this season, he came off the bench and led the team in scoring with 23 points, going 8 of 13 from the field and sinking four triples.
Lamb did not do it alone though as two of their World Imports posted double-doubles in different ways. Preston Knowles kept everyone happy with how he distributed the ball, finishing with 12 points and 10 assists while Michael Morrison was a rock down low with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Still, what makes Mono Vampire tick is their leader in Mike Singletary. He may be flying under the radar this season as other imports have posted more impressive numbers compared to his 21.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game but his value to the team has not been diminished.
The Braves suffered a shocking blowout loss to the Dragons in their last outing in what’s easily their worst effort in their ABL stint. They lost every meaningful stat category en route to the 92-60 shellacking. Now they’ll have to arrest their skid against the best team in the league so far.
Charles Garcia was the missing link against the Dragons with five points and four rebounds in 20 foul-plagued minutes. With their locals dealing with their inconsistencies, especially on offense, the three Wolf Imports of the Braves could not afford to have a bad day as it would more often than not result in a loss. Garcia needs to stay away from fouls as they go up against a much deeper team in Mono Vampire.
Maxie Esho and OJ Mayo did their best to make up for Garcia’s absence but their numbers would not be nearly enough to overcome the red-hot Dragons. Esho had 17 points while Mayo chipped in 14 but they’ll need to do much better to prevent a fourth-straight loss.
The only local to score in double-digits for Fubon was Joseph Lin as he came off the bench to notch 11 points. He might be given another chance to start as his fellow locals struggled to get into their flow against Kuala Lumpur.