It was a crucial battle between two teams jockeying for the right spot in the standings and the race got even tighter as Mono Vampire scored an 84-75 victory on the road against the Westports Malaysia Dragons, Wednesday night.
The victory moves the Thai squad just half a game behind the former champions as they hold a 6-14 win-loss tally as compared to the Dragons’ 6-13. What makes this duel more exciting is that these two still have a couple of matches against each other on March 17 and March 20, which could very well determine who will complete the playoff cast.
Mono Vampire led by as much as 16 points in the game but the Dragons refused to go down without a fight as they knew just how important the game was. With only two of their imports leading them in scoring, the locals helped carry the fight for Westports Malaysia. Yek Liang Chuan scored on a layup late in the fourth quarter cut their deficit down to just three points, 76-73, however, Mono Vampire had the answers.
Michael Singletary scored on a layup that extended their lead back up to five points and free throws form him and Tyler Lamb helped put the game away for good.
Still, it was a commendable performance from the Westports Malaysia locals as Jonathan Wong finished with 16 points while Yek added 13.
Winston Shepard had another solid game with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists while Chris Eversley picked up 15 points. The problem was that Nnanna Egwu was nowhere to be seen on offense as he only took four shots and finished with five points. He played all 40 minutes in the game but only had three rebounds.
Mono Vampire overcame the absence of Romeo Travis and the worst game of Malcolm White’s stint in the ABL with big numbers from Singletary and Lamb who combined for 50 points.