As the race for the ABL playoff continues, Mono Vampire Basketball Club hopes to become the third team to clinch a semifinals berth.
The Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas were the first two teams to earn a seat in the playoffs and Mono is right on track to be the next team on that elusive list.
Standing in the way of Mono will be the CLS Knights Indonesia. The last time these two teams met was during the early part of the season. Mono came away with victorious in that encounter, 98-85.
A lot has changed between the two squads most notably the acquisition of World Imports.
Michael Singletary has been playing extremely well for Mono. In his last outing, he had a season-high 35 points against the top-heavy lineup of the Saigon Heat. He picked his spots and attacked the opposing defense with calm and precision as evident by his 48 percent shooting. Currently, he’s putting a double-double average of 26.8 points and 10.2 rebounds.
On the side of the Knights, Shane Edwards has become a potent offensive player. He is putting up 19.4 points a game and he had one his best performances so far with 33 points against the Heat.
Aside from the World Imports, Heritage Imports will be critical.
The Knights’ Freddie Lish had his worst game of the season against the Heat. Being one of the team’s gunners, he failed to muster a single point in 17 minutes of action. He will be looking to bounce back from his poor performance without a doubt.
For Mono, Paul Zamar will have to continue to provide firepower with defenses focused on Singletary and Samuel Deguara. Zamar is currently putting up 16.2 points per game, a welcome sight for Mono.
Mono will be gunning for their 11th win of the season on the road as well as a playoff berth. The Knights on the other hand will try to stop their two-game losing skid.