Westports Malaysia Dragons faced another setback after losing their second home game to Thailand’s Mono Vampire by 17 points, 90-107.

A contrast to the previous double overtime game in Bangkok (112-116), Mono finally took their revenge against the Dragons with Reggie Johnson booking his double-double in this game. In the match between Dragons and Chong Son Kung Fu on November 29, the Malaysian team fell short by 15 points, 81-96.

Mono’s Johnson scored 17 points and 13 rebounds while Patrick Sanders tops the lead with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

“First thing, it’s a big-time moment of pride for me to watch five local guys together in an ABL game in the third quarter. For us to compete as good as we can pull a very workable distance and it makes me really proud.

“We had some really tough luck in our first three games. We had some issues with injuries or personal matters the players had to tend to but they battled and they fought hard,” Dragons’ head coach Christopher Thomas said.

Dragons’ Ting Chun Hong played for 26 minutes and gave his best career game so far in the league with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks without turnovers while Patrick Cabahug bagged 18 points and 5 rebounds.

Chun Hong rose to the occasion in the game playing the role as the point guard and he said despite a good personal performance in this game, he wanted to improve more in his future matches.

Ferocious Mono Vampire went off to an early headstart raining scores in threes from the starting five players. Reggie Johnson, Jason Brickman and Patrick Sanders scored three-pointers in a 9-point scoring run to lead the team ahead of Dragons midway in the first quarter, 9-18.

Marcus Marshall who made a career debut 60 points game against Mono previously had to sit out from the game due to a hamstring injury.

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The Dragons did not back off from an early lead by Mono, Cabahug and Cervantes led the Dragons to early scores and towards the final minutes of the first quarter, Wong Hi You and Teo Kok Hou tried to close the deficits closer to Mono, 23-29.

Things did not look good on Dragons in the final minute of the first quarter with a double 8-second violation and ended the quarter with Mono leading by 13 points, 25-38.

Mono made 6 out of 10 three-point shots hitting 70 percent field goals while the Dragons struggled without Marshall at 61 percent.

Dragons performed much better plays in the second quarter rallying several crucial points although Mono was trying to keep their lead ahead.

With a couple of minutes left before the halftime break, Ting Chun Hong and Loh Shee Fai scored the crucial 7 points to shave Mono’s lead to five points, 49-54.

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Mono had a good run while the Dragons were scrambling to hold their fort. The 13-2 scoring run for Mono in the first 4 minutes in the third quarter hit hard on the home team with only a single jump shot by Cabahug.

By the end of the third quarter, Dragons were already down by 14 points, 70-84.

Dragons’ duo Yi Hou and Chun Hong swept a quick five points baskets in the early two minutes in the final quarter, dominating an early possession from Mono, 75-84.

Minutes later in the quarter, Dragons’ coach subbed all locals into the court: Ivan Yeo, Teo Kok Hou, Wong Yi Hou, Ting Chun Hong and Kuek Tian Yuan towards the mid-quarter as Mono was only leading by 5 points, 83-88.

Mono crumbled Dragons’ defense and went on a shooting spree, raining down shots from the perimeter from Patrick Sanders and Jason Brickman. Mono’s Sekteera final three-point basket ends the game in the final minute leading by 17 points from 5.

“I think it’s a matter of having time to work together, to gel together. It’s not an excuse but the reality of the situation.

“Putting in simple, simplistic ideas defensively was really our only option. We will be able to build on this but we really got off to a slow start because of our defensive intensity and effort. We’re a long way from the desirable territory we need to be in. We will get there,” Thomas said.

Westports Malaysia Dragons will be taking a month break for the upcoming Agong Cup Tournament and will resume playing against Alab Pilipinas in Manila, Philippines on January 3 at 8.30PM.

Statistics:

Westports Malaysia Dragons
Ting Chun Hong (20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists)
Patrick Cabahug (18 points, 5 rebounds)
Reil Cervantes (9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)
Wong Yi Hou (9 points, 3 rebounds)
Curtis Washington (8 points, 7 rebounds)
Teo Kok Hou (7 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals)

Mono Vampire
Patrick Sanders (25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists)
Reginald Johnson (17 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks)
Jason Brickman (15 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists)
Teerawat Chanthachon (10 points, 7 rebounds)
Darongpan Apiromvillaichai (10 points, 2 rebounds)