Mono Vampire’s offensive prowess proved to be too much for Hong Kong Eastern, crushing the visitors 98-75 to stay atop the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) standings.
The opening quarter opened up with both sides exchanging early baskets, until the Vampire’s Tyler Lamb drilled a corner 3-pointer to give the home side a five point advantage after 10 minutes of action. Mono continued to pour it on in the following period behind the Thai-American combo of Freddie Lish and Lamb to extend their lead to 13 points.
Current league scoring leader Trey Kell did what he could to keep Eastern in the game, scoring eight unanswered points on his own in the quarter, but the visiting side still trailed by eight points following a Brandon Costner deep ball to close the half.
As Mono continued to take charge in the third quarter, marquee player Mike Singletary’s aggression on offense ensured his team’s lead was never threatened. The residential import scored 10 points in the third quarter to keep the Vampire comfortably up 71-56 heading into the final period.
The home side’s fiery offensive trend continued into the fourth quarter as Eastern struggled to find a solution in slowing down its opposition.
With five minutes left to play, the deficit ballooned to 24 points. Coming out of a timeout, Costner was able swish two back-to-back 3-point shots, but Singletary quickly responded with two quick baskets to halt any attempts of a late Eastern run, en-route to a 98-75 final score in favor of the Thai team.
Singletary’s 24 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists led the way for the Vampire, while the bench outscored Eastern’s, 45-9, spearheaded by Lish’s 15 and Lamb’s 14 points.
Hong Kong’s import trio accounted for 63 of the team’s 75 total points, as no local player was able to hit double figures in scoring. Kell flirted with another triple-double, ending with a game-high 26 points to go along with eight boards and seven dimes.
The Mono Vampire (4-1) will next travel to Vietnam to play against the Saigon Heat on January 3rd in their season opener, while Hong Kong Eastern (0-3) will host the Kuala Lumpur Dragons on January 8th, as the team looks for rejuvenation in the new calendar year.
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