Mono Vampire Basketball Club extended its mastery of the Saigon Heat, winning its second game over the team, 85-64 in the CIS Arena in Ho Chih Minh, Vietnam
Mono Vampire has held the Heat to 64 points for the first two games these squads have matched up. Playing after a disappointing loss to the Macau Black Bears, the Thai-based squad was determined to atone for their mistakes, taking advantage of a short-handed Heat squad that was also in the midst of sudden changes.
The Heat was missing Chris Dierker, and also had to implement a new World Import in Torian Graham, who replaced Chris Charles after a sudden departure from the team over the weekend. They were able to keep in step with Mono Vampire early on, with back to back baskets from Graham giving the Heat the lead by 3, with 3:10 left in the 2nd quarter. However Preston Knowles and Moses Morgan restored order via a 13-1 run to give Mono Vampire a 9- point lead at the half, 37-28.
That would be the last stand of the Heat, as Mono Vampire took over for the remainder of the game. Tyler Lamb and Mike Singletary presided over the visiting team’s advantage, and it grow to as many as 25 points via a layup with 4:34 left in the game. Local player Nopporn Saengtong also provided additional firepower, as Mono Vampire cruised to the easy victory.
Five players scored in double-figures for Mono Vampire, who played without World Import Ryan Watkins, led by Singletary’s 17 points. He also had 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Tyler Lamb chipped in 16 points and 4 rebounds. Saengtong had a season high 15 points and 7 rebounds for Mono Vampire in an impressive performance.
Sam Thompson had a double-double for the Heat with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Torian Graham added 18 points and 9 rebounds. New World Import Morakinyo Williams had a quiet debut, as he was only able to generate 7 points and 7 rebounds.
The Heat (1-3) will look to bounce back as they battle the Macau Black Bears on Tuesday, January 14. Mono Vampire (6-2) on the other hand will host the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on January 15 in ASEAN Basketball League action.