Mono Vampire thwarted a Hong Kong Eastern comeback attempt to win at home, 86-79.
Malcolm White started the game hot for Mono Vampire, who extended their lead to 14 at the end of first quarter after breaking down the opposing defense through their fastbreak game.
White continued to dominate the paint, but Eastern picked up on the second quarter, led by Marcus Elliott and Adam Xu’s defensive presence.
After leading by as much as 18, Eastern cut down the deficit to just one possession after Deguara made an and-one play halfway into the quarter, however the Vampire managed to fought back and keep a 50-41 lead at the end of first half.
The Thai squad struck a 9-0 run to open the second half, contributed by solely by White and Mike Singletary. Opposing’s wing Jon Siu made some tough baskets down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough for his team to compete with a red-hot Mono Vampire.
Both teams exchanged baskets for most parts of the fourth quarter, but Deguara and Elliott cut it to a three points game with two minutes remaining of the game.
However, it was ex-Eastern wing Tyler Lamb who made three shots from the charity stripe that concluded the game against his former teammates.
Mono Vampire was led by White’s 28 points, but it was Singletary’s all-around performance in 21 points, 11 boards and four dimes that gave them another crucial victory in their late playoffs push. Aside from an impressive 30-assist outing, the home team also forced 14 turnovers.
Eastern had four starters in double-figures, as both Elliott and Michael Holyfield recorded double-doubles. However, Holyfield missed few important opportunities during the final quarter that proved to haunt them in the end.
Mono Vampire who moved up to the eighth spot after the win, will host the Saigon Heat on March 6. There will be a 20-day gap before Hong Kong Eastern play against the CLS Knights on the 22nd.
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