Mono Vampire Basketball Club closed their FIBA Asia Champions Cup hosting with a big win over Pauian Archiland of Chinese Taipei in the classification round, 97-96.

The Thai ball club rallied back in the final two minutes after trailing by as much as nine points, capped by import Marcus Keene’s clutch three-pointer with 19 seconds left in the game that led them to steal the victory.

Keene led Mono Vampire with 32 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal, while Mike Singletary had 23 points, 19 rebounds, and four assists. Darongpan Apiromvilaichai added 10 markers before fouling out of the game due to his aggressive defense on the Taiwanese guards.

Pauian Archiland’s Emanuel Robert Jones had 32 points while adding 16 boards. Taiwan’s Super Basketball League (SBL) champions also got a massive boost from locals as Shih Chin-Yao scored 16 points, while Chien Wei-Ju, Douglas Creighton, and Wu Chia-Chun added 11 markers each in the loss.

The ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) runners-up showed remarkable resolve during the tournament against higher-regarded teams as they finished in fifth place, an improvement from last year’s debut where they finished sixth.

After bowing out of contention against reigning Japanese B.League Champions Alvark Tokyo, the hosts dispatched the undermanned Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) champion team Liaoning Flying Leopards by 24 points in their first classification round match, before winning against Pauian.

Mono Vampire will continue their preseason preparations before they open the ninth ABL season at home against Macau Black Bears on November 17 at the Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

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