The slide continued for the Taipei Fubon Braves as they absorbed their fourth straight loss, this time in overtime at the hands of the league-leading Mono Vampire, 90-86, Saturday afternoon at the GBS Stadium 29.
Michael Singletary was remarkable as he led his team and made the big shots en route to 31 points and 13 rebounds. Tyler Lamb chipped in 21 points for the Thai squad while Freddie Lish added 10 as they bucked the absence of Preston Knowles due to an injury and the early exit of Michael Morrison who fouled out of the game midway through the final quarter.
Mono Vampire was in control of the match early in the fourth as they led by as many as 10 points, 61-51. However, the Braves played with a renewed sense of desperation as they wanted to do everything they could to stop their losing skid. Unfortunately for the visitors, they were not able to take advantage of Knowles’ absence as they also lost Maxie Esho to an injury in the second half.
It was Charles Garcia who led the fight for the Braves as he played with so much intensity and emotion on both ends of the floor. He converted off an alley-oop slam dunk to cut their deficit down to just three, 71-68, with 2:43 remaining in the match.
On the very next play, Garcia talked trash against Singletary who responded with a booming triple to stretch Mono Vampire’s lead back up to six but Garcia, OJ Mayo, and Joseph Lin brought the visiting team back in the game.
Friendly fire almost sank the Braves late in the fourth quarter as Kuo Shao-Chieh mishandled a defensive rebound and accidentally put the ball through their own hoop to give Mono Vampire a 78-76 lead.
When their backs were against the wall, the Braves once again went to Garcia who stole the ball from Singletary and then drew an unsportsmanlike foul. He made both free throws to tie the game at 78-all to force the overtime period.
With the main men of Taipei Fubon in Garcia, Mayo, and Tsai Wen-Cheng running low on gas and with Lin fouling out in the extra period, Mono Vampire took full advantage of their depth at Chitchai Ananti, Lish, Singletary, and Lamb all chipped in to secure the victory for an 11-4 win-loss tally.
It was a commendable effort from the Braves who showed a lot more fight compared to their lackluster game against Kuala Lumpur. Garcia led them with 22 points while Mayo almost notched a triple-double with 20 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists while Tsai added 15 points off the bench as the Braves fell to 9-8.