Familiarity and an explosive performance from Mike Singletary enabled Mono Vampire to score a huge 107-102 road victory against the Macau Black Bears to inch them ever so closer to an ABL playoff spot.
It was a firefight between the two offensively loaded squads but, in the end, the Thai squad simply had a little bit more left in the tank compared.
Singletary dominated the game with 36 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, shooting at an efficient 15 of 26 clip from the field but he needed a lot of help from his teammates to close out the contest.
With the score tied at 78-all to start the fourth quarter, Mono Vampire landed the first big blow as Singletary combined with fellow imports Romeo Travis and Malcolm White to build a 94-85 lead halfway through the period.
Still leading by double-digits with less than three minutes remaining in the game, Mono Vampire had to endure one last rally from the Macau Black Bears. Jenning Leung hit three triples in rapid succession in the end game, his only three baskets of the night, to cut their deficit down to just three points, 103-100.
However, Tyler Lamb connected with four free throws to keep Mono Vampire ahead even if Dewarick Spencer also nailed a late triple for Macau.
White chipped in 20 points in the game with a perfect 8 of 8 from the field while Travis added 17 points and 14 rebounds. Lamb was the leading local scorer in the game with 19 points powered by a 3 of 7 shooting clip from the three-point range.
While Macau introduced a new import in Spencer, it was Mono Vampire’s superior chemistry that led them to victory as the visiting team that 27 assists compared to only 19 for the Black Bears.
Still, it was an impressive debut for Spencer who finished with 34 points on 13 of 24 shooting from the field. Mikh McKinney slowed down after a 50-point performance in their game against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas but he was still impressive with 23 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Ryan Watkins added 15 points for Macau but he needed 20 attempts to get there.
Mono Vampire strengthened their hold of the eighth spot as they now tote a 9-14 win-loss tally, ahead of Westports Malaysia’s 7-15. However, the key games will still be the ones between the two teams racing for the season’s final spot.