With a postseason berth already in the bag, the Mono Vampire Basketball Club find themselves peaking at the right time.
Last season’s runners-up have now won their sixth straight game following a 98-79 win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons, Wednesday, at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
Even without World Imports Romeo Travis and Michael Singletary, Mono Vampire’s local players proved that they can take down the Dragons. Tyler Lamb was wax hot all-game long, drilling seven 3-pointers en route to a 25-point performance. The Thai-American also collected three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Moses Morgan had another splendid game off the bench as he dropped 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting.
Mono Vampire captured the last playoff slot in their previous game against the Dragons as they were able to squeeze out a 91-87 win. On Wednesday, they looked formidable as ever despite missing Singletary, who is their leading scorer.
A 13-3 run to close out the second quarter allowed Mono to create separation from their opponent. Freddie Lish’s layup in the waning moments of the first half pushed the score to 53-36. Despite their best efforts, the Dragons were only able to get as close as nine points for the rest of the way. Mono meanwhile led by as much as 21 points.
Lish was also superb for Thailand, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Nopporn Saengtong and Chitchai Ananti, who replaced Singletary and Travis in the starting lineup, provided solid minutes and combined for 12 points.
For the Dragons, Winston Shepard gave a valiant effort of 19 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists while Nnanna Egwu was huge with his 18-point, 5-rebound outing. Unfortunately for Malaysia, World Import Chris Eversley had trouble finding the bottom of the net all game long as he ended up with just 11 points on a woeful 4-for-15 shooting clip.
Mono Vampire’s 3-point shooting was in full display in front of their home crowd. With Lamb leading the onslaught from beyond the arc, they finished with a total of 18 triples. They also did their work on the defensive end, forcing 13 turnovers on the Dragons and converting them to 19 points.
Mono Vampire improve to 11-14 for the season. They’ll fly to Singapore and take on the Slingers for their last elimination round game on March 24. The 7-18 Dragons meanwhile will look to end their season on a positive note when they host the Formosa Dreamers in their next game.