Mono Vampire successfully took down the Saigon Heat in overtime, 89-83.
Fighting to stay alive in the hunt for a postseason seed in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL), the home squad made a late 10-2 run in the fourth quarter to force extra time against the Heat.
Mono took an early lead after a 13-0 run and forced their Vietnamese counterparts to just 21 percent shooting, closing in on a nine-point lead at the end of first quarter.
But a 10-0 run allowed Saigon to take the lead at the 03:03 mark of third quarter, with Kyle Barone forcing his will in the paint and scoring 12 points.
The Heat’s Justin Young hit back-to-back baskets to give his team a four-point advantage after opposing big man Malcolm White fouled out halfway through the final quarter.
Saigon built their lead up to as much as 13, but the home team fought back late in the quarter, led by Tyler Lamb’s 10 fourth quarter points and Romeo Travis’s clutch layup to tie the game at 77 apiece at the end of regulation.
Although both teams fought back-and-forth, missing Trevon Hughes and Justin Young was too costly for the Heat in overtime.
Moses Morgan stepped up with seven points and three rebounds during the overtime period.
Mike Singletary finished with a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, plus seven steals in the victory. Teammates Travis and Lamb contributed 21 and 20 points respectively, with the former also adding nine rebounds and nine assists.
Mono Vampire only shot 19 percent from deep, but their bench scored 22 points in total to cover up their cold shooting touch.
The Heat had four players scored in double-figures, led by Hughes’s 21 points and eight assists, while big man Barone added 18 points and 16 rebounds. Local guard Khoa Tran added 15 points, seven boards and seven assists before hurting his knee.
Mono Vampire will have their next game on the road against the Macau Black Bears on March 13, while the Saigon Heat will continue their road trip to meet the Westports Malaysia Dragons on the 10th.
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