Hi-Tech Bangkok City showed that they are still the kings of basketball in Thailand with a 78-68 victory over the Mono Vampire Basketball Club, Saturday afternoon at the Chulalongkorn University Indoor Sports Gymnasium in the continuation of the elimination round of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
Tyler Lamb carried Hi-Tech’s offense in the first quarter as they established some distance between them and their cross-city rivals. Lamb finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block in a tremendous all-around performance.
“I’m happy with our team’s performance,” Lamb said after the match. “We played really well after a long break.”
Chris Charles added 20 points and 18 rebounds while Fred Goldstein and Wuttipong Dasom both scored 14 points.
The win kept Hi-Tech in pace with the Singapore Slingers as both teams stand atop the standings with identical 9-2 win less records. Mono Vampire on the other hand fell further to 2-11.
“The team work that we were implementing was key for this win,” said Hi-Tech assistant coach Raja Mortel. “We capitalized from the first to the last quarter. Right now, we’re in the middle of adjusting and putting in more plays. We have to try and make sure that everybody’s healthy.”
Like their last game, Hi-Tech once again raced to an early double digit lead against Mono Vampire. Led by Tyler Lamb’s early explosion, Hi-Tech led 22-10 after the first quarter. However, Anthony McClain and Chanachon Klahan powered a second quarter surge for Mono Vampire. A free throw from Darongpan Apiromvilaichai at the 2:28 mark tied the score at 26 and completed a 16-4 run for the home team.
Mono Vampire could not sustain the run as they allowed the defending champions to make a run of their own as Chris Charles ended the first half with a basket for an 8-0 blast and a 44-36 advantage for Hi-Tech.
The defending champions broke the game wide open in the latter part of the third quarter run when they turned a 47-39 lead to a huge 61-41 bubble in less than four minutes and punctuated by an alley-oop dunk from Charles.
McClain tried to carry Mono Vampire back into the game but the hole they dug for themselves in the third quarter was simply too deep.
Hi-Tech will return to action against the Saigon Heat at Hi-Tech Gym on January 13 while Mono Vampire will host the Westports Malaysia Dragons on January 16.