FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE GAME
“Ragons” without the “D.”
The visiting Dragons put up another jaw-dropping offensive performance at Mono29 Stadium, but it didn’t secure them a W this time around. Due to the lack of defensive communication and rotations, they trailed the Vampire most of the game. Such defensive disasters simply allowed their ex-floor general Jason Brickman to find the open man possession after possession, finishing the game with 13 assists. Poor defense also allowed the Vampire to have 56 points in paint, as well as 18 fast-break points down the stretch.
Mono’s Filipino import’s sustained production.
Paul Zamar continues to do his usual damage at the offensive end, drilling bucket after bucket. His smart play and cutting, along with Brickman’s passing have enable the pair to become a deadly backcourt that is one of the most underrated in the league. Zamar is had a great offensive night against the Dragons (66% FG), scoring 24 points with many coming off of wide open shots.
Dragon triple threat.
The Dragons’ triple threat- Marcus Marshall, AJ West and Joshua Munzon converted 85% of their team’s total points in Thailand. In a combined effort, they added 94 points, 21 boards and 16 assists. However, some of their shots were rather questionable including many pull up perimeter shots from way beyond the arc. Fans witnessed Marshall and Munzon convert some of those tough shots, but it could end up harming the team in the long run.
Lockdown “D” from locals.
Despite another low production performance from the locals, a few players stood out in making great defensive plays. Ting Chun Hong may not have found his usual shooting touch against the Vampire, but his hustle at the defensive end made up for it with a solid three steals and four blocks. On the other hand, Teerawat Chanthachon had another impressive performance down low. The Thai local had 13 points while grabbing nine total boards, six of them on the offensive side, inserting a strong inside presence against the visiting Dragons.
Missing service from the Pinas sniper.
Most of fans within the region are familiar and know just how deadly Patrick Jan Cabahug can be throughout his successful career. He shares a similar play-style to fellow national Paul Zamar, but has slightly more experience. Surprisingly, Patrick only logged five minutes of playing time and never received a pass from his teammates for open shots. Imagine adding the firing power of Cabahug along the likes of the aforementioned Triple Threat. The Malaysian team could be another top tier offensive team in the league. Patrick should deserve more playing time.