Maxie Esho played like a man amongst boys as he had his best game as a CLS Knight, pouring in 39 points in a 110-82 victory against the lowly Mono Vampire Basketball Club, Wednesday at Stadium 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
The versatile big man shot 14-of-21 from the field, including five 3-pointers. He pulled down 11 rebounds, dished out eight assists, and was a force on the defensive end with four steals. Mono Vampire simply had no answer against a sensational performance for Esho.
With the win, the Knights snap their three-game losing streak and improve to 3-7 in the standings. On the other hand, Mono continues to slide, losing its last four outings to settle for a 1-8 record.
The Knights blew the game wide open in the third quarter. Already ahead by 52-42 at halftime, the visiting team came out of the break guns blazing and raced to a 65-42 lead thanks to a 13-0 blast. Mono kept missing and the Knights capitalized on every opportunity. Freddie Lish finally stopped the bleeding for Thailand with a jumper after nearly six whole minutes without a basket. Mono has struggled so far this season and it didn’t help that it played the Knights without World Import Michael Singletary who served his one-game suspension.
Mono Vampire made one last ditch to salvage the ball game in the fourth quarter. They got as close as 14 points, 82-68, off a layup from Teerawat Chanthachon but ultimately lacked the firepower to keep up with their opponent. The Knights countered with a 9-0 run, seven points coming from Esho alone, to snuff out the Thailand rally. Douglas Herring put the exclamation point with a dunk to help build a 26 point lead for Indonesia with a little over three minutes remaining.
Aside from Esho’s 39-point masterpiece, the Knights had four other players scoring in double figures. They shot 55 percent from the field as a team, while limiting Mono to 34 percent. They also showed a determination to share the basketball as exhibited by their 34 assists.
For Mono, Malcolm White put up a valiant effort of 25 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks in the loss. Lish was the only other player in double-digit scoring with 15 points. And despite having nine assists, lead guard Jason Brickman had a forgettable game of four points on 2-for-15 shooting.
The two teams will resume action this Sunday. The Knights host the Macau Black Bears while Mono Vampire hopes to snap out of their slump against the Singapore Slingers.