Vampire snuff out Dragons’ challenge

KUALA LUMPUR: Mono Vampire put on a show of precise shooting and supreme confidence to equal the Asean Basketball League (ABL) record for most number of three-pointers en route to a comprehensive 107-90 win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Mono Vampire of Thailand hit 17 triples to tie the record set by the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team last season.

They shot 51% from the field as American import Patrick Sanders led the way with 25 points, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.

It was the second setback for the Dragons this week, after losing their first home game 96-81 to China’s side Chong Son Kung Fu at the same venue on Wednesday.

As for Mono Vampire, they avenged their previous double overtime 112-116 loss to the Dragons in Bangkok last month.

Dragons coach Christopher Thomas said the absence of American import Marcus Marshall, who sat out the game with a hamstring injury, weakened the team.

“We had some issues with injuries and personal matters but the others battled and fought hard.

“We will be able to build on this, but we really got off to a slow start because of our defensive intensity and effort.”

Mono Vampire coach Douglas Marty was happy his men got their act right to deliver the first win of the season.

“Our players stepped up and played so well. I’m really happy we picked it up in the second half.”

The Dragons will be taking a month’s break for the Agong Cup Tournament and will resume their ABL campaign against Alab Pilipinas in Manila, the Philippines, on Jan 3.

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