The Mono Vampire Basketball Club continued their hold of the top spot in the 10th season of the ASEAN Basketball League after overpowering the Saigon Heat, 95-87, Tuesday at the GSB Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
With the win, Mono Vampire rises to 10 wins and only four losses while the Heat, who have lost their fifth straight game, remain at the bottom of the standings with a 2-9 card.
Tyler Lamb had a stellar outing off the bench with 23 points on an efficient 8-for-13 shooting while adding five rebounds and two steals. The former Heritage Import MVP also knocked down four shots from beyond the arc, moving him one triple away from tying the ABL record for most 3-pointers made.
Michael Morrison also had a strong performance for the home team as he normed 19 points and 11 rebounds while overcoming foul trouble in the first half. He was likewise a force on the defensive end with two steals and three blocks.
Mono Vampire was able to take control of the game midway through the fourth quarter. They stretched a four-point lead into an 87-72 advantage using an 11-0 run with 2:42 remaining. The Heat finally stopped the bleeding with a bucket from Tyshawn Taylor but the damage had been done.
A dunk from Taylor cut the deficit to 11 points with a minute remaining but Sorot Sunthonsiri answered with a booming triple to squash any hope of a Saigon comeback.
Mono Vampire took full advantage of a Saigon squad who was missing its World Import Sam Thompson due to sickness. Taylor did all he could with an ABL career-high 32 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. Malcolm White, who played in his first game versus his former team, put up 21 points and four boards in the loss. Taylor and White had big scoring outputs, but they also accounted for 13 of Saigon’s 18 turnovers. Mono Vampire scored 32 points off of their opponent’s miscues.
The Heat shot 54 percent from the field and held Mono Vampire to 45 percent. However, Thailand won the rebounding battle, 39-32, and in the assists department, 26-22. Led by Lamb, Mono Vampire overwhelmed the Heat in terms of bench points, 44-9.
Saigon hopes to end its losing streak when it faces the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on Friday, February 7. Meanwhile, Mono Vampire will face the Taipei Fubon Braves on February 15.