CHAMPIONS CUP: Host Mono Vampire shuts down Meralco
Paul Lintag on Sep 27, 2018 06:31 PM
Marcus Keene fired a game-high 29 points for Mono Vampire while Mike Singletary added another 25, more than enough to torment the Bolts to start group play. (FIBA)
Meralco's PBA woes have carried over to FIBA play.
The Bolts dropped their first game of the 2018 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup Thursday, losing to Thailand's Mono Vampire, 92-100, at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi.
Tied at 70 through three quarters, the Bolts just failed to sustain momentum in the fourth as Mono took over the game behind two super scorers.
Marcus Keene fired a game-high 29 points for Mono Vampire while Mike Singletary added another 25, more than enough to torment the Bolts to start group play.
Thailand's leading local scorer was Darongpan Apiromvilaichai with 13 points.
The Bolts, who took over for the Beermen in the Champions Cup, played without Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge due to eligibility issues.
Meralco also played without original second import Liam McMorrow who suffered an injury. The Bolts replaced him with Diamond Stone and Stone led the team against Mono with 23 points.
Reigning two-time Governors' Cup Best Import Allen Durham had 20 points and 18 rebounds while Baser Amer dropped 18 for Meralco.
The Bolts will look to bounce back Friday when they take on Japanese B.League champion Alvark Tokyo.
Mono 100 - Keene 29, Singletary 25, Apiromvilaichai 13, Saengtong 11, Klahan 7, Chanthachon 6, Ananti 4, Suktub 3, Sunthonsiri 2.
Meralco 92 - Stone 23, Durham 20, Amer 18, Hugnatan 13, Caram 8, Salva 5, Tolomia 3, Jamito 2, Atkins 0, Ballesteros 0, Canaleta 0, Lanete 0.
Quarters: 21-28, 47-50, 70-70, 100-92.
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