FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
Early foul trouble for big man Johnson.
With Hong Kong Eastern’s Ryan Moss out for the game, things looked rather appetizing for Mono Vampire’s Reggie Johnson from the get-go, as there was one less big body to try and halt the big mans paint prowess. His early game jump start and effectiveness were put on hold as he was hit with three early fouls less than six minutes of the way through the first quarter. He still finished with 31 points on 78 percent shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds, but it could have been worse for Eastern.
Christian Standhardinger’s takeover.
The Fil-German Standhardinger turned in another efficient performance. He established himself very early on, especially with the Vampire’s Johnson in early foul trouble, jumping out to a quick seven points in the first quarter. The Thailand-side simply didn’t have an answer for Eastern’s lone natural big, as he went 15-of-21 from the field, all while hauling in 17 total boards, 10 of which were off the offensive glass. Standhardinger also continues to show a reliable mid-range baseline jumper, especially in the clutch when his team needs it the most.
Offensive efficiency equilibrium.
Both teams were nearly identical in their offensive efficiency as far as shooting percentages, assists to baskets, and points in the paint goes. Vampire slightly edged out Eastern in field goal percentage by just one percent (51%-50%), but Eastern’s 43 percent in three-point shooting topped Mono’s 37. They were both also well above 50 percent in assists to baskets ratio and only four points separated the two between points in the paint as the home side finished with 50 to the visitor’s 46.
Eastern capitalizes on turnovers.
While the two teams were able to trade baskets to-and-fro rather evenly, Mono Vampire committed seven more turnovers than Hong Kong Eastern. In a contest that was never really out-of-reach for the orange until the waning seconds of the game, their 14-point disparity from points off turnovers proved to be a big deciding factor in the outcome of the game.
Strong local support.
Eastern local Lee Ki set the net ablaze with his hot shooting in the first half, and by the time the whistle sounded for the halftime intermission, he already had himself a game’s worth of points at 19 which included going 5-of-6 from deep. Lau Tsz Lai also had a hot hand from three-point territory off the bench, converting on four of his six 3-point attempts and finishing with 12 points.
On the other side, the Vampire’s Ratdech Kruatiwa was able to outscore the rest of the bench, adding in 13 points. Starter Teerawat Chanthachon was fearless in having to battle against Standhardinger in Johnson’s early absence, turning in a perfect 15-point, three-rebound, two-block, and no turnover game where he didn’t miss a shot nor a free-throw