Denied the sweet taste of victory in his ASEAN Basketball League debut, Saigon’s spitfire World Import Akeem Scott made sure that he would not suffer a second straight loss.
Going off in the second period, Scott exploded with 37 points on 13 of 17 shooting from the field to help the Heat defeat the Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 110-94, Sunday night at the CIS Arena in Saigon. Scott caught fire from the outside in the opening minutes of the second period that helped the Heat outscore the Thai squad 32-21 and grab complete control of the contest.
Mono Vampire, a team that’s known for their explosive offense and lackluster defense, never got into a good rhythm in the game as they were severely limited by the foul troubles of Reggie Johnson. The former World Import MVP only managed to put up six shot attempts in the game to finish with 7 points alongside 14 rebounds. These positives were outweighed by the big man’s 10 turnovers and 3 fouls in the first half.
The Heat knew exactly what to against a team with a dominant center as they often tested Johnson’s capability to run back on defense or close out on shooters. With Mono Vampire’s defense in disarray for much of the game, the Heat took full advantage by sinking 17 triples in the contest which tied an ABL all-time high.
Aside from Scott, Saigon also got big games from their three other imports. Travele Jones had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Moses Morgan, who’s finally healthy, showed off his old form with 26 points, anchored on five triples. David Arnold also made a good account of himself with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the best thing about the guard performance is that he got a bunch of his points from offensive rebounds and putbacks.
Paul Zamar was the lone bright spot for the Thai squad in the first half as he finished with 16 points in the game to lead Mono Vampire. Jason Brickman and Patrick Sanders added a combined 29 points.
These two teams will lock horns against to close out 2017 for the ABL as the Heat will travel to Bangkok on December 22 for a quick rematch.