Mono Vampire looks to bounce back from a tough loss to Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team, as they travel to Vietnam to take on the Saigon Heat in the second game of Sunday ABL action.
Gameday is set for December 17 at the CIS Arena, Ho Chi Minh City.
The Heat are also searching for their first win of the season, after a disappointing finish to their opening game versus the Formosa Dreamers. They were on the receiving end of a revenge game, as Lenny Daniel and the Dreamers rallied back from a fourth quarter deficit to claim the win, 80-75.
But the Heat can take encouragement from the debut game of World Import Akeem Scott. He surprised everyone with his energy on both ends of the floor, as he created havoc on defense that led to transition baskets, and was also fearless in attacking the basket. He finished with excellent totals of 29 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.
The only negative of Scott’s energy was that it forced him into a lot of fouls, using up his quota in the final period, which allowed Formosa to make it’s comeback. If Scott can play under control, the Heat should have a better chance of getting the win.
Mono Vampire played a quality basketball game versus the ABL defending champions but they were unable to capitalize on their size advantage despite the absence of Hong Kong Eastern’s Ryan Moss, eventually falling 112-105. They will look to recover versus the Heat and stay within striking distance of the top of the standings.
Mono Vampire local Teerawat Chanthachon has been a nice surprise for Mono Vampire, as he has provided an inside presence to help out Reggie Johnson in the paint. His game is simple: dive to the basket and receive passes from Jason Brickman or the other ball handlers of Mono Vampire. He shot a perfect 7/7 from the field in the loss, a testament to his efficiency. He keeps things simple on offense, and is a nice piece for passers like Jason Brickman to find.
Mono will have to prepare for more pressure defense, as the Heat’s Scott is great at pestering backcourts and forcing turnovers. Brickman has to be prepared for Scott. If they can limit turnovers, then they have the size and shooting to take care of business versus the Heat.
Find out if the Heat can claim their first win of the season, or if Mono Vampire can get back on the winning track in another intense encounter in the ABL!