The Mono Vampire are the favourites to seize glory in the ASEAN Basketball League this season after making a blistering start to the campaign.
The Thai team are now rated highly by the best online sports betting companies after winning their first three games and surging to the top of the standings.
They have overwhelmed San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, Formosa Dreamers and Kuala Lumpur Dragons, and that sends out a strong statement of intent to the rest of the league.
The franchise was founded in 2014 and entered the ASEAN Basketball League for the first time the following year.
They had their best finish in 2017/18 when they secured a 14-6 regular-season record and finished runners-up to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas following a pulsating final series, which they lost 3-2.
Last season they went to the semi-finals but suffered a 2-1 series defeat to CLS Knights Indonesia, who went on to lift the trophy.
CLS Knights Indonesia are not competing this season and the Mono Vampire look well placed to fill that power vacuum.
Their campaign began with a 35-point blowout victory against Alab Pilipinas. They roared to a 31-12 start and that really got the Mono Vampire crowd going inside Stadium29 in Nonthaburi.
Mike Singletary led the way with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Moses Morgan added 16 points and 3 assists.
In total, six different Mono Vampire players recorded double-digit scores during the rout, and Singletary set the tone by pouring in 11 points in the first quarter.
They made a brilliant start once again in their second match of the season, which saw them beat the Formosa Dreamers 95-90 in a really close and hard-fought match.
Mono Vampire romped to a 20-point lead in the first quarter, and they looked to be in cruise control at 34-14. Yet the Formosa Dreamers delivered a stirring comeback and eventually tied the game in the fourth quarter at 77-77, with 6:50 minutes left on the clock.
Formosa then took an 81-77 lead and Mono Vampire looked dead and buried, but the Thai team found hidden reserves to claw their way back into the game.
Freddie Lish landed three out of four free throws in the last 45 seconds of the game to hand his team a 91-87 victory and ensure they went 2-0 for the season.
Singletary was once again the standout performer, as he finished with 22 points – 15 in the second half – plus 10 rebounds, and 4 assists, although Ryan Watkins and Tyler Lamb also combined for 42 points to drive their team to victory.
Mono Vampire returned on November 28, when they hosted the Kuala Lumpur Dragons at the Stadium 29 in a bid to maintain their winning streak.
The Malaysian team made life very difficult for them indeed. It was an exhilarating back-and-forth game, and Mono Vampire had to dig deep in order to seal the win.
The hosts led for the large parts of the game, but a great deal of doggedness from the Kuala Lumpur Dragons ensured they never ran away with it.
That man Singletary was on fire once more in the first half as he ended up with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and three assists to hand his team a 38-34 lead.
The highlight of the game was a buzzer-beater three from the Dragons’ Cade Davis at the end of the third quarter to pull the score back to 53-51 to the home team.
The visitors ended up taking a 61-59 lead in Q4, but Lamb dragged his team back into the driving seat.
Will Artino refused to give up, and he was on target to reduce the Kuala Lumpur Dragons’ deficit to three points with 1:15 remaining on the clock, but the Mono Vampire held their nerve and ultimately closed out a tense 79-73 triumph.
They have been among the most consistent teams in the ASEAN Basketball League this season for the past couple of years, but they are now vying to be crowned champions.
They have made the most eye-catching start, but it is a long season and many excellent teams are gaining momentum across the league. San Miguel Alab Pilipinas quickly bounced back with a thrilling win, and this league looks wide open and extremely exciting right now.