Bizarre ending to Thai derby as Mono Vampire concedes match against Hi-Tech Bangkok

By Ivan Saldajeno

BANGKOK--In an intriguing climax to what had been a great chapter to their intra-country rivalry, Mono Vampire decided to call it a day in its match on Saturday against cross-city rival Hi-Tech Bangkok at the Sripatum University Gym.

Mono Vampire decided to forfeit its match against Hi-Tech Bangkok with only two seconds left in the game that went to overtime, effectively handing the latter a 105-104 win, after a scoring discrepancy took place.

The officials accidentally credited Pairach Sekteera with a made free throw despite missing both of his charities in his recent trip to the line, adjusting the scoreline to a 105-103 Hi-Tech Bangkok lead with 26 seconds remaining, making the defending champion's coaching staff fuming about the mistake.

The officials, however, stuck to the decision, and Michael Fey followed up on a Kannut Samerjai miss to "tie" the game, 105-all, with only five seconds to go in the first overtime session.

Following a deadball situation, however, the officials finally recognized the scoring error and corrected Mono Vampire's score to 104, forcing the coaching staff to go to the officials for an explanation.

With the team's appeal of replaying its play that led to the Fey "equalizer" denied by the referees, Mono Vampire declared the forfeiture, overshadowing the great performances by both teams, including Mono Vampire's comeback from 14 points down to force overtime.

Three Hi-Tech Bangkok players led by Tyler Lamb finished with 20 points or more even as Chris Charles and Steve Thomas combining for 35 of the team's 46 total rebounds. Lamb made six steals, while Charles had six blocks.

Samerjai finished with a career-high 38 points along with four rebounds, five assists, and two steals, while Anthony McClain had 25 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and one steal for Mono Vampire.

Box Scores:

Hi-Tech Bangkok 105-Lamb 24, Goldstein 23, Thomas 21, Charles 15, Dasom 7, Piroon 5, Kongkum 4, Jaisanuk 3, Lakhan 3, Lertlaokul 0, Lertmalaiporn 0, Ghogar 0

Mono Vampire 104-Samerjai 38, McClain 25, Sekteera 9, Ananti 8, Fey 7, Avenido 7, Klahan 5, Kruatiwa 3, Apiromvlaichai 2, Baguion 0, Muangboon 0

Quarterscores: 26-21, 51-40, 77-65, 95-95, 105-104

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