The Mono Vampire Basketball Club continue to make a strong push towards earning a playoff spot after claiming an 86-79 victory against Hong Kong Eastern, Saturday at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand
After a slow start to their season, Mono Vampire have improved to 7-14 and moved up to the eighth spot in the team standings. With the win, they created a little bit of separation from the 6-13 Westports Malaysia Dragons.
Malcolm White had a bounce-back game of 28 points on 14-of-20 shots and six rebounds after his forgettable 1-point outing against Malaysia. The Mono center was eager to redeem himself right from the get-go as he scored 12 points in the opening quarter. His tenacity and aggressiveness helped Mono establish a commanding 33-19 lead after the first ten minutes of action, setting the tone for the rest of the way.
Mono led by as much as 18 points in the third quarter punctuated by a jumper from White to make it 59-41. Just when it looked like the home team was going to be on cruise control for the remainder of the game, Eastern dug deep and made a furious rally in the fourth quarter. Hong Kong got as close as three points, 80-77, after Marcus Elliott knocked down a booming triple with 1:58 remaining. Mono stood their ground and Darongpan Apiromvilaichai countered with a 3-pointer of his own. Tyler Lamb delivered the finishing kick when he sank three free throws after getting fouled from beyond the arc.
Lamb finished the game with 15 points, five rebounds, and six assists while Michael Singletary added a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Romeo Travis returned from his two-game absence to contribute eight points and nine boards.
For Hong Kong, Elliott led the way with 25 points and 10 assists. Former Mono reinforcement Sam Deguara had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his first game back in Thailand. With the loss, Eastern dropped to a 12-12 record.