Eager to forget about their double overtime loss in their first game back in the ASEAN Basketball League, Mono Vampire Basketball Club did not waste a single moment in taking complete control of the game against the visiting CLS Knights as they dominated from buzzer to buzzer en route to a 98-85 victory, Wednesday afternoon inside Stadium 29.
Mono Vampire went wild in the first quarter as Patrick Sanders and Paul Zamar were both perfect from the three-point range as they raced to a 32-14 lead. Brian Williams did everything he can to help CLS inch closer in the contest but he simply did not get enough help from his teammates to give them a chance.
Reggie Johnson capped a huge first half for Mono Vampire with a monstrous two-handed dunk which caused some damage on the rim that delayed the game for a few minutes.
The Thai team held a commanding 64-37 advantage at the half powered by 10 of 17 shooting from the three-point range. They also out-rebounded the Knights by a whopping margin at 31 to 13.
CLS made it a interesting affair in the third quarter as they started with a 13-0 run. Evan Brock finally came alive after not scoring a single point in the first half to help the Knights inch closer. The Indonesian squad’s defensive intensity was obvious to start the second half as they limited Mono Vampire to only 10 points in the period after scoring 32 points each in the first two.
However, the Thai squad held strong in the fourth quarter as they prevented CLS from getting another big run. Reggie Johnson scored key baskets late in the game to preserve the victory, their first of Mono Vampire’s comeback ABL season.
Zamar led the home team with 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the field while Johnson and Sanders both had double digits, combining for 37 points and 27 rebounds. Jason Brickman provided the leadership for the squad late in the contest as he finished with 10 point, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Mono Vampire banked on the combined 41 points and 27 rebounds of their World imports Williams and Brock while Goldstein carried their bench with 17 markers but for the second straight game they did not get much from their locals.